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Pump Operator

Pump operations are critical to a successful fire attack. Learn about the origins and up-to-date standards of pump operations in the fire service. Discover the types of fire apparatus, mathematics for the driver/operator, apparatus check out and maintenance, pump operations and gain an understanding of how to properly use water supply and foam operations to manage and attack fires.

Course Name Course Description Length

Pump Operator: Apparatus Performance Testing

Firefighters taking this course on Performance Testing for pumping fire apparatus will become informed and educated about the required pump performance tests for pumping fire apparatus as specified in NFPA 1901: Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus.

The course material also covers the testing process for each of the pumping system components as specified in NFPA 1911: Standard for the Inspection, Maintenance, Testing, and Retirement of In-Service Emergency Vehicles, that firefighters who are driver/operators of pumping fire apparatus might participate in as part of their duties and responsibilities.

1h

Pump Operator: Approaching the Fireground

There are many unique factors to consider when approaching the fire scene. In this course, we will discuss what motor pump operators deal with when driving a fire apparatus and how to safely navigate the apparatus to a scene. We will also examine the four most common factors that cause emergency vehicle crashes and the different elements that encompass each of those factors.

 

1h

Pump Operator: Driver/Operator Hydraulics

The ability for a driver operator to supply apparatus, building systems, and firefighters with the appropriate GPM and pressure is essential to protect the life safety of occupants and firefighters, protect property from extensive fire damage, and achieve incident stabilization. This course will show you fire ground hydraulic calculations and how to use these calculations during an incident.

1h

Pump Operator: Fireground Response Tactics

This course will describe how to secure a water source after arriving on the scene, what the driver/operator’s responsibility with proper hose layouts is, the cab procedures when positioning the fire apparatus at the fire ground, and what the driver/operator’s role is in the safe operation of the pump.

1h

Pump Operator: Foam Operations

Foams are highly effective tools to combat fires. As a pump operator, you need to know how to successfully follow pump operations involving Compressed Air Foam Systems (CAFS) in firefighting, the difference between legacy fuels and modern fuels. In this course, you will learn how to use CAFs in firefighting and about Compressed Air Foam Theory, the distinction between Class A and Class B fires, and the foams used to extinguish each.

 

1h

Pump Operator: Properties of Water

Water is, and has historically been, the primary extinguishing agent in fire suppression. This lesson explores the chemistry and physics of water, important fluid dynamic definitions to calculate the capacity of a municipal fire hydrant system, street-smart operational considerations, and a review of the proper operation of a fire hydrant and pitot gauge.

 

1h

Pump Operator: Pump Operator Safety

Pump operations can be dangerous for you and your peers. In this course, you’ll be introduced to key concepts of pumping fire apparatus that you will need to do your job safely, effectively, and efficiently. We will examine both personal protective equipment issues as well as recommended work practices to help keep you safe.

 

1h

Pump Operator: Water Supply Overview

Water is the life-force of the Fire Service. Without it, lives and property would be lost and the driver/operator must be prepared to find alternate water sources. In this course, we focus on the critical elements of developing a safe, effective, and efficient water supply from both pressurized and static water sources.

 

1h

Pump Operator: Water Supply Overview

Water is the life-force of the Fire Service. Without it, lives and property would be lost and the driver/operator must be prepared to find alternate water sources. In this course, we focus on the critical elements of developing a safe, effective, and efficient water supply from both pressurized and static water sources.

 

1h

Pump Operator: Pumper Apparatus

In this module, we’ll discuss in more detail the most prevalent type of apparatus in use, for a variety of fire suppression missions, the pumping fire apparatus. For the purposes of this course, we’re going to use the term pumper as in short for Pumper Fire Apparatus, which is how this fire service workhorse is listed in NFPA 1901 (Chapter 5). In this module, we’ll discuss the safety features of today’s pumpers, trends in fire pumper manufacturing, and how to participate in the selection of a pumper for your fire department.

 

2h

Pump Operator: Driver/Operator Overview

In this course, we will provide an overview of the critical roles and responsibilities of the firefighter as both the driver and pump operator for pumping fire apparatus. The safe, effective, and efficient conduct of any fire department response to an emergency, particularly structure fires, depends in large part to the driver getting the pumping fire apparatus to the scene. Once there, the actions of the operator of the pumping fire apparatus have a tremendous impact, both positively and negatively, on operations.

 

1h