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    Default New Driver, Giving Class to shift on Driver Ops.

    Im a Driver in training and my dept. is testing me by having me give a general class on Pumper Driver Ops. to the rest of my shift to show what I have learned. This is my rough outline:

    1) Introduction
    a) Class Objectives

    2) Dept. Drivers Policy
    a) Radio Procedures
    c) Apparatus placement
    d) Standard response procedures

    3) Water System Review
    a) Where it comes from/where it goes etc.
    b) Operating capacity
    c) Hydrant system layout

    4) General Info about Our Front Line Engines
    a) Quick Specs

    5) Fire Pump Theory/History

    6) Pump and pump panel stuff
    a) Foam System
    b) Pressure mode vs. rpm mode
    c) Explain different components of the pump panel

    7) Basic Hydraulic Refresher
    a) Theoretical
    b) fireground
    c) Standard starting pressures

    8) Trouble shooting Q and A

    Is there anything Im missing? Does anybody have any suggestions on how to do this? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Doug

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwoods87 View Post
    Im a Driver in training and my dept. is testing me by having me give a general class on Pumper Driver Ops. to the rest of my shift to show what I have learned. This is my rough outline:

    1) Introduction
    a) Class Objectives

    2) Dept. Drivers Policy
    a) Radio Procedures
    c) Apparatus placement
    d) Standard response procedures

    3) Water System Review
    a) Where it comes from/where it goes etc.
    b) Operating capacity
    c) Hydrant system layout

    4) General Info about Our Front Line Engines
    a) Quick Specs

    5) Fire Pump Theory/History

    6) Pump and pump panel stuff
    a) Foam System
    b) Pressure mode vs. rpm mode
    c) Explain different components of the pump panel

    7) Basic Hydraulic Refresher
    a) Theoretical
    b) fireground
    c) Standard starting pressures

    8) Trouble shooting Q and A

    Is there anything Im missing? Does anybody have any suggestions on how to do this? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Doug
    Seems like a lot for Pumper Driver Operations. Why not just stick to the operations of the physical vehicle itself?? What you have outlined, IMO, seems more suited for an overall Driver/Operator class. Petition those who have done this before you and see if all of the above is necessary, just a suggestion. Don't get me wrong, it's a great start but again is an awful lot for someone new to the driver's seat to teach to a group- you would be lucky if you could cover all that in one 8-hour day.
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    It seems that it would be a long class unless you are just hitting the high points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    Seems like a lot for Pumper Driver Operations. Why not just stick to the operations of the physical vehicle itself?? What you have outlined, IMO, seems more suited for an overall Driver/Operator class. Petition those who have done this before you and see if all of the above is necessary, just a suggestion. Don't get me wrong, it's a great start but again is an awful lot for someone new to the driver's seat to teach to a group- you would be lucky if you could cover all that in one 8-hour day.

    I agree with you, it is a lot to cover, I was just hoping to be able to go over all of those subjects because it was all part of my training. The orginal assignment was just a class on the pump, but me being a new member of the department asked if I could do more. They said of course and now Im trying to figure out how to do it. Its suppose to be more of a demonstration on what I learned rather then it being a real class for the shift, I want them to be able to get something out of it at least as a refresher. This is my first time doing something like this so Im trying to go all out. I think ill have to take your advice and tone it down a bit to make sure what I do cover I do it right. Thanks for the input.

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    This is one of the best ways to solidify the knowledge gained from any course. When you are asked to present any type of program, it forces you to be absolutely sure of your material. You then get to spread the information out in front of a bunch of your peers, who will dissect every ounce of it. I congratulate your department officers for having the insight and enough confidence in a new D.O. to ask him to do a presentation. You must keep in mind that while the objective is to refresh the crew, you will learn as much or more than your students.

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