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Lives in:
Palos Heights IL
Pleasantview FPD
Batt. Chief/Training & Safety
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Staffing/Apparatus Distributions
Professional Qualifications of Members
Professional Qualifications:
M.S. Public Safety Administration
IL Fire Officer III
Topics you provide training for:
Fire Officer
Training Program Development
Areas of expertise:
Instructor/Training Officer Issues
Company Officer Development
Forest Reeder began his fire service career in 1979. He currently serves as Battalion Chief / Director of Training & Safety with the Pleasantview Fire Protection District and is the Director of Training for Southwest United Fire Districts. In these capacities, he is responsible for the design, implementation and coordination of in-service training activities as well as a full-service fire training academy program.

Forest is the author of the Weekly Fire Drills feature at and a weekly contributor to Fire Engineering Magazines on-line drill feature both designed to assist fire departments in training their members.

Forest holds numerous Illinois fire service certifications and has an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science Technology, a Bachelors Degree in Fire Department Administration and a Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University
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At 4:01am on January 18, 2013, Wayne Zeman said…

Hey Chief!


See you Saturday in Hobart, IN! Looking forward to it very much!

At 10:37am on April 24, 2010, John Barrett said…
I will be attending your workshop in Corpus Christi on June 15: The Company Officer: The Perfect Training Officer. I was wondering if you wouldn't mind taking a look at and then getting back with me.
At 11:15am on October 7, 2009, Rick Fritz said…
The new Basics book looks great!
At 7:15pm on July 11, 2009, Todd McKee said…
Welcome to the world's greatest training site. This is where the serious trainers come to train & learn from each other. Please allow me to invite you to the group called "HAZMAT PLACARDS TO SUCCESS". This group is for the firefighter, the EMA officer, and the HazMat Technician. I would love to hear what you have to say. This is a great time to join the group as our main focus is currently the first stages of the HazMat Incident.

Your friend,
Todd McKee
At 10:50am on July 9, 2009, Elvin Gonzalez said…
Hi Chief, I spoke to you via the computer about 3 weeks ago when you were about to present your podcast at FireEngineering. You said you would send me some information on apparatus riding/tool assignments. Hope all is well with you and my email address is Thanks again!
At 11:14am on February 26, 2009, Scott Thompson said…
Hey Brother it was great to see you in Texas. Thanks for the feedback on the class. Hope all is going well and good luck with the book. I look forward to hearing from you when you get back to Texas this summer. Let me know a little in advance and maybe we can catch a game at the Ball Park.

Be Safe...see ya in Indy
At 9:48pm on October 12, 2008, John Bierling said…
Hello Chief,
I would like to send you some information about Incident Command Training which is critical to success when bad things happen. Would you please send your email address so I can send this information to you.
John Bierling
At 3:00pm on May 13, 2008, Gordon J. Nord Jr. said…
Hey nice picture...who took that one ????
At 5:19pm on March 4, 2008, Forest Reeder said…
Don't train until you get it right, train until you can't get it wrong!

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