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Driver operator suggestions anyone?

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  • Driver operator suggestions anyone?

    I am currently seeking any suggestions, help, information, anything that would help in the formation of a driver operator program for my fire department. We currently have no formal program, and I feel as though we need a program to mentor the younger firefighters interested in the position. Additionally this new program would need to contain an ongoing training program for existing drivers. I have a few ideas, however with myself never having been through a formal program I would like to see what other departments are using and put together a package to submit to the Chief for consideration. Ant help anyone could offer would be a huge help.

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    The first and most important part is safe driving.

    VFIS has some good training programs. http://www.vfis.com/onlinestore.htm

    Also, does your state not have D/O operator standards? They should have some pretty good stuff.
    The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of 'liberalism' they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened. --Norman Mattoon Thomas, 6 time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America

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    • #3
      My suggestion would be to contact the SC Fire Academy.

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      • #4
        I would suggest a program consisting of a minimum of the following SC Fire Academy classes:

        1210 Emergency Vehicle Driver Training
        1220 Pump Operations I

        If you can you should also include:

        1221 Pump Operations II

        The above courses are available at a nominal cost of $5 per student so funding should not be an issue. They are long classes though with 1210 and 1220 being 40 hours each and 1221 being 16 hours long.

        I know many volunteer fire departments have Driver/operator positions for older guys or personnel that are not capable for going interior. Make sure that these individuals get a DOT physical. It is slightly less stringent than an NFPA physical but it ensures that they are in adequate physical condition to operate a large emergency vehicle. (hopefully all of your firefighters that are expected to wear an SCBA are getting an NFPA physical)
        I can't believe they actually pay me to do this!!!

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        "The old saying is you never know how heavy that flashlight can become," the friend said.
        -from a tragic story posted on firefighterclosecalls.com

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