Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
FP 232
Course Title:
Fire App Driver/Operator II
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Course Description

Covers practical procedures, techniques, and safety precautions used during apparatus operations. Includes the history and development of fire apparatus capabilities, pump construction, procedures for operation and hydraulic formulas used to calculate flow requirements. Knowledge and skills acquired during classroom instruction will be applied in drill ground operations. Prerequisite: FP 200.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is transferable to a degree program in Fire Service Administration at Western Oregon University or Eastern Oregon

Intended Outcomes for the course


Student will meet National Fire Protection Association 1002, Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications, 2009 Edition Chapter 5, Apparatus Equipped with Fire Pump excludingproducing a foam fire stream.

Course Activities and Design

The material in this course will be presented in a lecture, demonstration and practical application format.  Other instructional
methods including guest speakers, demonstrations, simulations, and presentations may be employed.


Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of the course, the instructor will discuss the methods used to evaluate student performance and progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade. A course syllabus will be provided.  Assessment methods may include one or more of the following: examinations, quizzes, simulations, demonstrations, and classroom participation.


Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Describe Different types of pump construction, principles of pump
    design, operation, capabilities, power transfer, water supply, and
    procedures for trouble shooting to correct operational problems.
  • Define terminology used in fire service hydraulics and
    demonstrate written and field hydraulic formula calculations.
  • Demonstrate procedures for pumping with fire service
    apparatus during multi-engine operations and identify apparatus
    gauges and control devices.
  • Demonstrate hydraulic calculations involving multiply supply
    lines, operational lines, appliances, water sources, and friction
    loss factors.
  • Describe operational techniques and driving
    techniques under varying weather and emergency conditions.
  • Describe various defensive driving techniques
    and describe current legal statues that regulate the operation of
    emergency vehicles.
  • Demonstrate the use of maintenance schedules, reports, and
    corrective measures and vehicle care.