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    What do you call your operators?
    Pat, Joey, and Blake....
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    C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

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    Chief!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fire0099881 View Post
    Chief!!!!!
    Yeah, sometimes the operator goes by that title too...
    Chief Dwayne LeBlanc
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    "I have a dream. It's not a big dream, it's just a little dream. My dream and I hope you don't find this too crazy is that I would like the people of this community to feel that if, God forbid, there were a fire, calling the fire department would actually be a wise thing to do. You can't have people, if their houses are burning down, saying, 'Whatever you do, don't call the fire department!' That would be bad."
    C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

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    Paid/Volley = anyone that can drive (no volleys qualified at this time)

    Military = Driver/Operators
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    DFD (Detroit) uses FEO also

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    Depends on the apparatus.

    Grass truck, engine Driver/Operator
    Tanker/Tender Driver

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    Our chief calls them Fire Apparatus Engineers, but he's the only one. Everyone else keeps it brief and calls them engineer. In my department, it's a rank above firefighter. Although their job description is heavy on operating the apparatus, I would say they step-up as company officer more than their counterparts at other departments.

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    What do you call your operators?
    Nothing, I'm my unit's operator and they don't like it when I talk to myself.

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    It will be OK as long as you don't answer yourself back!!

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    We simply call them drivers, operators or PO's (Pump Operators). Whether ICS / NIMS is going to result in them being called EO's remains to be seen.
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    in birmingham Al ours are called FAO fire appartus operator . AO for short

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    driver or chauffer
    Originally Posted by madden01
    "and everyone is encouraged to use Plain, Spelled Out English. I thought this was covered in NIMS training."

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    Where i'm from they call me a dkhead, but the offical title is an engineer.

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    Personally, I prefer the term Driver/Engineer. It fits whether I operate an Engine or a Rescue.
    I hate the term "Chauffeur". I get this image of the "Chauffeur" getting out of the cab and holding the doors open so the other firefighters can get out. Chauffeurs get tips from the people they drive around. My crew has never tipped me once!

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    Many people drive. Being a driver is not a promotion. However, we have a position called Fire Apparatus Operator (FAO), which is between FFII and Captain. It would be the equivalent of a FFIII or Engineer position, but a little different. It's an untested promotion, so anyone can attain the rank.

    We used to have a tested Driver Engineer position. Now, the most senior FAO drives, or rides seat if the officer is off.

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    We call ours Engineers, unofficial promotion from Firefighter.

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    Pump Operator/Driver.

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