Appendix 3

Emergency Apparatus Qualifications

Purpose:  Promulgate the requirements to qualify as an apparatus driver.

Scope:  Applicable to all active members desiring to qualify as an apparatus driver. The Fire Chief and the Training Officer are responsible for the quality of the training and the certification of apparatus drivers.  All officers are expected to qualify as well as participate in training events

General:  Apparatus qualification will begin with BT-3 and continue in the following order:  R-3, T-31, E-31 and E-32.  Candidates will complete in its entirety Appendix 2 before being considered qualified as a Driver.

Requirements: To qualify as an apparatus driver, an active member must meet all requirements as set-forth below.  Completion of each requirement will be documented using Appendix 2.

1.       Be at least 18 years of age to qualify on BT-3 and must be at least 21 years of age to begin qualification on all other apparatus.

2.       Possess a valid State of Tennessee Driver’s License.

3.       Be approved for driver training by fire fighter’s immediate Lieutenant with the support from the other Officers, as documented in Appendix 2. Final certification will be granted by the Fire Chief using Appendix 2.

4.       Successfully complete all requirements of this SOP and attending Three Star’s Driver Classroom Training conducted in-house.

5.       Successfully pass Competency Course (Appendix 1).

6.       Complete Fire Fighter I/II course of instruction.

7.       Have completed probationary training, the required Emergency Vehicle Operator course (being offered in future), and be approved by the Fire Chief for driver training.

8.       Demonstrate use of Map Book and knowledge of Fire Management Zone.

9.       Demonstrate and explain hydrant color code and significance.

10.  Demonstrate and explain the Incident Command System.

The items to be completed for ALL apparatus include:

1)      Knowledge of SOGs        The candidate for qualification must read and understand, as evaluated by the Fire Chief or designee, during an oral interview, ALL Three Star Standard Operating Procedures/Guidelines.                                                     

2)      Driver/Operator Classroom Lecture  Each driver/Operator will attend classroom training provided by Training Officer to receive theoretical instructions such as; apparatus dynamics, characteristics, capabilities and limitations, safety features, maintenance, and driving techniques of all Three Star Fire Department apparatus. 

3)      Operation of Radio                     

a)      Demonstrate knowledge to operate all communications equipment and have working knowledge of applicable radio codes

4)      Equipment Location: Demonstrate and explain knowledge of all:

a)      Dashboard controls, headlights, wipers etc.

b)      Operation of braking devices.

c)      Location of all equipment.

d)      Know the location of each apparatus equipment warning device, explain what it means what action to take for its activation.

5)      Apparatus Placement: Explain to the Apparatus/Maintenance Lieutenant or designee:

a)      The proper placement/staging of apparatus at various emergency scenarios.

6)      Fluid Level Checks

a)      Demonstrate how to check all fluid levels and satisfactorily complete vehicle check-off.

b)      Explain the procedure for refueling the apparatus.

c)      Demonstrate and explain Maintenance Log entries and associated driver responsibilities of such issues.

7)      Equipment Use

a)      Be able to demonstrate how to use all equipment, portable and fixed, carried on the apparatus.

8)      Competency Course:  See Appendix 4 for Competency Course.  Course will be set up and scheduled by Training Officer at designated location.

a)      Pass a timed driving test consisting of pylons or flags preset in a basic configuration prior to starting training on the road.

(1)   Driver will demonstrate ability to maneuver apparatus in forward through a “straight line” for a distance of 200 feet and then demonstrating same ability in reverse.

(2)   Driver will demonstrate ability to maneuver apparatus through “Confined Space” course

(3)   Driver will demonstrate ability in the “Alley Dock” where the apparatus will be simulate backing apparatus.

(4)   Driver will demonstrate ability to maneuver apparatus through “Serpentine” course with four (4) equally spaced traffic cones set in a straight line at a distance of the apparatus length plus approximately six (6) feet.

(5)   Driver will demonstrate ability to maneuver apparatus in an “Offset Alley” set-up appropriately spaced for apparatus being tested. 

(6)   Successfully “parallel park” in a space that is the length of the apparatus plus six feet.

(7)   Demonstrate ability to maneuver apparatus in a “Diminishing Clearance” starting in straight line and completing in a much narrow exit.

b)      To pass competency course, driver must be demonstrate ability to maneuver apparatus in timely manner.  Appendix 4 for times.

9)        Road  Miles: Accumulate  the following road miles with various instructors

       in Non-Emergency situations.  Training only!

a) 50 miles over the road training, on a minimum of four separate days

NOTE: (different road surfaces, types of roads (curving, narrow,

highway, intersections) 

b) 10 miles of night driving experience.

NOTE: road miles should be completed with various instructors

under different conditions as noted above. 

In addition to 1 through 6 above, the following pertain to specific apparatus

10)    Rescue Equipment on Rescue 3:

a)      Demonstrate and explain the following to the designated Officer or designee:

(1)   internal instrument panel operation and indicators

(2)   use of all hydraulic extrication equipment

(3)   pump panel indicators and Fire pump operations

11)    Equipment on Engine 31/32:

a)      Demonstrate and explain the following to the designated Officer or designee:

(1)   pump panel indicators and fire pump operation

(2)   capabilities/limitations of pumper, flow rate, pressures, etc.

(3)   different types of hoses, their lays, storage, and usage.

12)    Equipment on Tanker 31:

     a)  Demonstrate and explain the following to the designated Officer or 


            (1) filling the Tanker and dump tank operations

            (2) color codes on hydrants and hydrant operation

13)    Certified as Pump Operator:  E-31/E-32 only

a)  At first opportunity drivers shall attend state certified pump operator course.

b)  Explain pump operation on qualifying apparatus to the Apparatus 

     Lieutenant or his designee.

14)    Certified Extrication Operator: R-3 only

a)      At first opportunity, driver shall attend state certified vehicle extrication course of instruction and demonstrate thorough knowledge of the equipment and different techniques to designated Officer or his designee.

Once the training certification sheet (Appendix 5) is completed, the Apparatus/Maintenance Lieutenant and Training Officer will evaluate the driver for suitability for qualification. When each Officer is completely satisfied that the individual is ready to qualify to operate the apparatus, he will affix his signature to the qualification sheet and forward his recommendation to the Fire Chief who will make the final certification of the driver.

The Assistant Chief shall maintain the original copy of this qualification in the member’s personal record.