Apparatus Driving And Operations

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Being the driver of an emergency vehicle places greater responsibility on the shoulders of an individual than those of driving a personal vehicle.

Downloadable Instructor's Guides

 

 

Session Reference:

 

Topic: Apparatus Driving And Operations

Teaching and Learning Domain:

Level of Instruction:

Time Required: 2 Hours

Materials:

 

  • Appropriate audio-visual materials

 

References:

 

  • Fire Department Safety Officer, 1st ed., International Fire Service Training Association
  • Pumping Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook, 1st ed., International Fire Service Training Association
  • Emergency Vehicle Driver Training, United States Fire Administration; Maryland Emergency Vehicle Operations Laws

Preparation

 

Motivation: Being the driver of an emergency vehicle places greater responsibility on the shoulders of an individual than those of driving a personal vehicle. Vehicle size and handling, configuration, and special conditions under which the vehicle is operated must be considered by a driver or potential driver. If the driver does not take all of these items seriously, the apparatus will not arrive at the scene safely.

Objective (SPO): The firefighter will demonstrate a general knowledge of the requirements to drive and operate fire apparatus safely.

Overview: Apparatus Driving And Operations

 

  • Qualifications/Screening
  • Program Outline
  • Documentation
  • Re-evaluation

 

Instructors Notes: This drill is not intended to replace an emergency vehicle operation training program. It is designed to provide an overview of a program to manage drivers of emergency vehicles in both an emergency and a non-emergency mode.


Apparatus Driving And Operations

 

 

SPO 1-1

 

EO 1-1
Describe the general requirements and process to become a driver of fire apparatus.

EO 1-2
Identify the elements of a fire apparatus driver program.

EO 1-3
Identify the documentation requirements associated with a fire apparatus driver program.

EO 1-4
Describe the need to re-evaluate fire apparatus drivers


Instructional Guide

 

I. QUALIFICATIONS/SCREENING (EO 1-1)

 

  • Introduction
    • Fire apparatus operators are responsible for safely transporting firefighters, apparatus, and equipment to and from scene of an emergency or other service call
    • When the operator is under the direct supervision of an officer, the officer is accountable for actions of operator
    • Operator guidelines are found in NFPA 1500, Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program, and NFPA 1002, Standard on Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications
  • Skills and Physical Abilities Needed
    • Reading Skills
      • Read maps
      • Review manufacturer's operating instructions
      • Study prefire plans
      • Review printed computer dispatch instructions
      • Read and work on a mobile dispatch terminal
    • Writing Skills
      • Maintenance reports
      • Equipment repair requests
      • Fire reports
      • Accident reports
    • Mathematical Skills
      • Hydraulic calculations
      • Aerial ladder placement and operation
    • Physical Fitness
      • No impairment of the use of foot, leg, arm, or fingertips, or any other structural defect or limitation likely to interfere with safe driving
      • Not have diabetes mellitus to a degree presently requiring the use of insulin for control
      • No heart condition likely to cause loss of consciousness or sudden death
      • No respiratory ailment likely to interfere with safe driving
      • No arthritic, rheumatic, muscular or vascular condition which interferes with the ability to drive safely
      • Not have epilepsy or any other condition likely to cause sudden loss of consciousness or loss of ability to control a vehicle
      • No mental, nervous, organic, or functional disease, or any psychiatric condition likely to interfere with safe driving
      • Meet the following minimum vision requirements: At least 20/40 (Snellen) in each eye and in both together, with or without glasses; at least 70 degrees side vision in each eye; the ability to distinguish red, green, and yellow (or amber)
      • Meet hearing requirements by perceiving a forced whisper at five feet with the better ear, or meet specified requirements as measured by a testing device, with or without a hearing aid
      • Evaluate medication (if taken) to determine if any chemical impairment would result and interfere with their ability to operate an emergency vehicle
      • Not be diagnosed as an alcoholic
  • Selection
    • Required time in service
    • Written or performance tests
    • Combination of service time and tests
    • Based on skill and ability rather than seniority or position
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