Pumping Apparatus Driver/Operator

Instructional Hours: 36.00

Objective: To give the student the basic knowledge and skills needed to operate fire department pumping apparatus.

Learning Outcome: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to determine how much water is flowing given the nozzles in service, the available pressure and the available hose lines, and calculate pressures needed for a supply pumper, relay pumper, and attack pumper. (NFPA 1002: Fire Department Vehicle Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications). A score of 70% or better is required on the final examination. Students must complete homework assignments.

Course Content: Major topics covered in the course are basic terminology, water supply, water pressure and gauges, hydraulics, positive displacement pumps, centrifugal pumps, pump power supply systems, relief valves, pressure governors, primers, water sources, and maintenance.

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

There are no prerequisites for this course.

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

  • Fire Apparatus Vehicle Driver/Operator - Pump

  • Fire Apparatus Vehicle Driver/Operator - Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Apparatus

  • Fire Apparatus Vehicle Driver/Operator - Mobile Water Supply