This course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge for Driver/Operator-Aerial as described in Chapters 4 and 6 of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1002, Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to operate an aerial apparatus during emergency situations. You will have the opportunity to practice apparatus operations, aerial positioning and stabilization, and aerial tactics.
Upon completion of this course you are eligible to take the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) written exam and skills testing. Participants that receive a Pro Board certification are eligible for certification through Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) through reciprocity.
PrerequisitesParticipants are required to present a valid Class C (passenger) driver's license to the instructor on the first day of class. Participants that do not have a valid driver's license will not be allowed to remain in the class.
Pro Board Certification Requirements
Participants pursuing Pro Board certification must provide proof of NFPA 1001 Firefighter I dated prior to the last day of class. The documentation must meet the certification office requirements.
TCFP Certification Requirements
TCFP testing is not completed during this course. Participants that would like to earn their TCFP certification can submit their Pro Board certification to the Commission for reciprocity.
Course Completion Requirements
Course Attire/Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- For classroom activities, students must wear full length pants, closed-toe shoes, and short sleeve/long sleeve shirts (no sleeveless shirts). It is preferred that participants wear duty uniform or business casual dress.
- For field exercises, participants must provide National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1971 compliant PPE that meets the Level 2 requirements in the ESTI Student Safety Manual. Any gear found to be unsafe or not NFPA compliant will not be allowed on the field. The PPE includes: safety glasses, gloves, hard hat, and safety-toed boots.
Pro Board Certification Testing
Participants are required to provide a photo ID at time of Pro Board testing.
Participants Must Provide
- Textbook: IFSTA Pumping and Aerial Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook (3rd ed)
- Basic calculator (independent of your cell phone)
Class attendance is an essential part of the education process and participants in TEEX courses are expected to attend all class sessions and field exercises. This course requires participants to attend 100% of the class hours as a component of successful course completion and to sit for the Pro Board certification exam.
TopicsAerial terminology+Company truck operations+Controls and valves of aerial apparatus+Extreme operating conditions+Hydraulics systems on aerial apparatus+Raising and lowering with aerial apparatus+Stabilizing aerial apparatus+Standpipe operations+Techniques of spotting aerial apparatus+Tool requirements+Water tower operations+Working angles with aerial apparatus+Safety rules for aerial apparatus
- Military and Department of Defense (DoD) Firefighters
- Municipal Firefighters
- Industrial Firefighters
Continuing Education and Professional CreditsACE+Pro Board+Texas Commission of Fire Protection (TCFP)