Rookie Drivers Training (Ohio)
OK, here’s my issue and wondering if anyone has any insight or heard of anything similar in other States.
The State of Ohio has instituted a new requirement for fire training programs which requires drivers training in recruit schools. Sample wording follows:
Firefighter I curriculum.
-A training program for firefighter I certification shall consist of not less than one hundred twenty hours and meet all objectives in the NFPA standard 1001, firefighter I. In addition, students must also successfully complete a sixteen hour emergency vehicle operation course that meets the requirements of NFPA standards 1451 and 1002;…
My question is, how can I teach those two standards in 16 hours? Really, even begin to cover it in 16 hours? Other factors to consider would be that now I have brand new people driving apparatus, both my paying and volley Departments use the driver/operator position as a promotional step and require time on the job before they even begin to start the process. Oh yes, and its not just driving, those standards include pumping too.
I looked into and even took the VFIS Emergency Vehicle Drivers Training instructors class and its really just manuverabilty and doesn't come close to meeting the standard.
Who does any drivers training in rookie school? What does it entail?
Any ideas or help (or encouragement) would be appreciated.