Chief Forest Reeder was selected as the ISFSI 2007 George D. Post Instructor of the Year
recipient for his 25 years of tireless dedication and hard work in the field of fire service training. Forest serves as the drillmaster for www.FirefighterCloseCalls.com a website devoted to information sharing and news relating to firefighter safety and survival. In addition to this weekly drill feature, Forest is the author and a weekly contributor to Fire Engineering Magazines www.fireengineering.com on-line drill feature. These drills are products designed to assist fire departments in training their members using these basic drill/discussion templates. To date, over 500 quick drills have been developed and are in use in fire departments throughout the country.
Forest currently serves as the Chief of Training for the Pleasantview (IL) Fire Protection District. He is also the Director of Training for Southwest United Fire Districts, a training consolidation of the Darien-Woodridge, Pleasantview and Tri-State Fire Protection Districts in the Chicago suburbs. These responsibilities include the design, implementation and coordination of all training activities for the combined 150+ members of these fire districts.
Forest also serves as the Vice-President of the Illinois Society of Fire Service Instructors and was the Fire Science Coordinator at Moraine Valley Community College for 10 years. Forest is a field staff instructor for the Fire Service Institute and the Illinois Fire Chief’s Foundation. He additionally is the coordinator of the Fire Officer I and II programs for the Illinois Fire Chief’s Foundation. Forest is an Illinois Fire Officer III, has an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science Technology and a Bachelors Degree in Fire Department Administration from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He graduated from Lewis University with a Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration in 2004.
Please join us on Friday, April 11, 2008 in Room 202-203 at 1:00pm as we present Chief Forest Reeder with the 2007 George D. Post Instructor of the Year Award.