Aerial Apparatus Driver/Operator
Old Course Code: AAOTCO

Instructional Hours: 27.00


Objective: To provide the knowledge and skills to operate a fire department aerial ladder truck and associated equipment.

Learning Outcome: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to safely and effectively operate an aerial ladder at a fire or emergency scene. (NFPA 1002: Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications) A score of 70% or better is required on the final written and practical examinations.

Course Content: Major topics covered in the course are truck company operations, tool requirements, terminology, techniques of spotting, stabilizing, working angles, loading, extreme operating conditions, raising and lowering, controls and valves, hydraulic systems, water tower operations, standpipe operations, ladders, safety rules, maintenance, and testing.

Methods of Instruction: Lecture, discussion, classroom exercises, audio/visual material, practical exercises, graded practical exercises, and final examination.

The prerequisites for this course are MFRI Firefighter I


MFSPQB, NBFSBQ, IFSAC or DOD/IFSAC Firefighter I certification.

Upon successful completion, this course partially satisfies the professional certification requirements for:

  • Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator - Aerial

  • Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator - Tiller