WFCEA Speaker Bios


Forest F. Reeder
Wednesday, September 19
The Trainging Challenge :: 0800 - 1200
Incident Commander's Inheritance
:: 1300-1700 

Forest Reeder began his fire service career in 1978. He is the Fire Chief in Tinley Park (IL) proudly leading a team of over 100 dedicated members providing service to the 14thlargest suburb in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Additionally, Forest is the author of the weekly drill feature at and at He is the co- author of Fire Service Instructor, Principles and Practices, 2nd edition published by Jones and Bartlett Learning. He has instructed at FDIC for over 18 years and trains both locally and nationally on fire service training, safety and officer development related topics. Several articles on these programs have been published in major trade publications. Forest has served on the Board of Directors of the ISFSI and has worked in many of the courses and curriculums delivered by the Association.

Forest holds many Illinois fire service certifications and a Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University. He received the ISFSI George D. Post Instructor of the Year at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in 2008.