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Driver Operator Certificate
Semester Hours:  8
Effective Term: Fall 2015
Prerequisites: EMS125, FSC129 and FSC140

Complete the above OR Program Director Consent

Corequisites: None


Program Description: The Fire Service Driver Operations Certificate is designed to provide advanced levels of training and experience as an emergency vehicle operator and to provide current fire service professionals with promotional opportunities.


Recommended Proficiencies: 1. If pursuing the bachelors degree program, contact the department advisor.
2. Some courses require:
a. State of Arizona Fire Marshal Certification(s)
b. State of Arizona Department of Health Services Certification(s)
c. American Heart, Red Cross, or other certifying agency course completion in CPR
d. International Fire Service Accreditation testing for certification.

Course Requirements
Driver Operator Certificate (8)

Prerequisites
EMS125 Emergency Medical Technician (9)
FSC129 Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations (3)
FSC140 Firefighter I & II (11)

Complete the above OR Program Director consent

Recommendations
1. If pursuing the bachelors degree program, contact the department advisor.
2. Some courses require:
a. State of Arizona Fire Marshal Certification(s)
b. State of Arizona Department of Health Services Certification(s)
c. American Heart, Red Cross, or other certifying agency course completion in CPR
d. International Fire Service Accreditation testing for certification.

Core Requirements (8)
FSC111 Driver Operator (2)
FSC117 Apparatus/Equipment (3)
FSC118 Hydraulics (3)

Other Requirements
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all certificate courses.
Students must earn a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Students must earn at least one-third of the Certificate credits from CAC.
Program Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Analysis Level) Analyze the duties and responsibilities of the fire apparatus driver operator.
2. (Evaluation Level) Explain the importance of apparatus maintenance procedures, inspection procedures and documentation and critique case studies.
3. (Application Level) Safely maneuver and position fire apparatus.
4. (Analysis Level) Analyze the types and uses of pumps, nozzles, valves and appliances to prepare for operations.
5. (Analysis Level) Calculate the flow pressure involving fire pumps, nozzles, valves, appliances and foam distribution for a variety of fire conditions.
6. (Application Level) Safely conduct fire pump operations during emergency and non emergency incidents.
7. (Evaluation Level) Explain the evolution of fire apparatus and evaluate the pumper classifications currently in use in the fire service.
8. (Evaluation Level) Analyze and critique driving procedures for safely driving fire apparatus and identify common causes of accidents and strategize how to avoid hazards and prevent driver error.
9. (Analysis Level) Analyze the roles and responsibilities of an emergency vehicle operator.
10. (Evaluation Level) Examine types of serial apparatus, including their functions and methods of operation and determine which ones to use in various firefighting situations.
Standards for Program
National Fire protection Association (NFPA) 1002 Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications.
National Fire Academy FESHE (Fire and Emergency Service Higher Education) Standards.
National Board on Fire Service Professionals Qualifications (PRO-Board) certification.
International Fire Service Accreditation of Congress (IFSAC).

URLS:
http://www.nfpa.org
http://www.ifsac.org
http://www.theproboard.org

The Fire Science Task Force in Pinal County recommended this Certificate.