The number 1 firefighter fatalities are heart attacks, what is second?
Fatalities occurring while responding to or returning from emergencies.
Who determines the required mental/physical skills for driver/operator of apparatus?
They are usually determined by AHJ. Additionally, by NFPA 1002 (Standard for Driver/Operator Prof Qual).
Along with AHJ and NFPA 1002, what standard are drivers who operate an aerial apparatus required to meet?
NFPA 1001 (standards for ff prof qual).
The aerial driver/operator should obtain a periodic medical exam in accordance with what standard?
NFPA 1500 (standard on Occ Safety and Health Program).
What NFPA standard covers driver/operator vision/hearing?
NFPA 1582 (Comp Occu Med Program for FD).
What are other skills, although not required, that will help the driver/operator perform better?
- mechanical aptitude
- basic leadership/fire ground tactics
- correct problems as presented
- computer literate
- read/interpret/reset dashboard instrument systems
What is the most important criteria for determining who will become a driver/operator?
Skill and ability with the apparatus.
Driver/operator training should continue throughout the firefighters career, in the form of what type of training?
Refresher training and testing.
What are effective tools for measuring driver/operator performance?
- sign 0ff sheets
What NFPA standard covers driver/operator training?
NFPA 1451 (fire service veh ops training).
Who can define what constitutes an emergency vehicle, and exempt it from certain laws or statutes?
Individual states and provinces.
What conditions do most driving regulations pertain to?
Dry, open roads and clear visibility.
If a fire apparatus is driving with lights and sirens to an emergency call, when can they proceed past a bus that has stopped to let off passengers?
Only after a “safe to pass” signal has been given by the buss driver, or after a full stop and the safety of the children has been ensured.
What type of repercussions can the driver/operator face, if laws/department SOP’s are not obeyed?
They may be subject to criminal or civil prosecution (if involved in an accident).