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ID
4-509-1018
Name
Fire Apparatus Operator
Status
Published
Updated
7/2/2019 9:08:12 AM
Released
04/01/2007
Resource Category
Fire/Hazardous Materials
Primary Core Capability
Fire Management and Suppression
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Personnel
Overall Function
The Fire Apparatus Operator drives and operates fire apparatus
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
Fire Engine Strike Team – Structural
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
 
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Types
Type Description
Type 1The Fire Apparatus Operator is an integral member of a firefighting team who drives and operates fire apparatus
Components
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
Training1. NFPA 1002 training is in accordance with the apparatus type the driver will operate. 2. Training may vary from state to state. Requestor agrees to accept the credentials of the providing AHJ.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Completion of the following: 1. All training for NIMS Type 2 Firefighter 2. Training in accordance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1002: Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications 3. Training in accordance with NFPA 472: Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents or equivalent basic instruction on responding to and operating in a CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives) incident 4. First aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automated external defibrillator (AED) training, in accordance with latest version of American Heart Association guidelines 5. Additional Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)-determined training
ExperienceFull-time career or volunteer experience satisfies these experience requirements.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Relevant, full-time experience driving fire service vehicles, or equivalent, as AHJ determines
Physical/Medical Fitness1. National Incident Management (NIMS) Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS) defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NIMS positions. 2. PPE is mission-specific and may vary by work environment; it includes protective footwear, protective clothing for skin exposure, eye and ear protection, respirators, gloves, and masks.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. Arduous 2. Maintains AHJ-determined physical fitness standards suitable for the environment and typing; the NFPA 1582: Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments meets or exceeds this physical fitness standard 3. Is able to work while wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
CurrencyNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. Currently functions in this position 2. Participates in an operational incident, planned event, exercise, drill, or simulation at least once every year 3. Provides driver history record as applicable law permits or requires 4. Annual vehicle driving review/assessment and any other AHJ requirements
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. State, territory, or District of Columbia-issued valid driver's license 2. AHJ certification equivalent to NFPA 1002: Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications 3. NIMS Type 2 Firefighter qualifications 4. AHJ certification equivalent to NFPA 472: Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents or OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.120: Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response 5. AHJ certification equivalent to NFPA 1001: Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, Firefighter I 6. Any other AHJ-determined certification and recertification requirements
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Specification
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as working conditions, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
Requestor specifies any additional qualifications necessary based on incident complexity and requirements
Requestor specifies type of apparatus the operator will drive, such as aerial, aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF), or tender
999
Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 508: Fire Engine Strike Team – Structural
FEMA, NIMS 509: Firefighter (Structural)
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System, November 2017
American Heart Association Guidelines for First Aid, 2015
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Commercial Driver’s License Program, §390.3(f)(5), 1986
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 472: Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents, 2018
NFPA 1001: Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, 2013
NFPA 1002: Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications, 2017
NFPA 1582: Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments, 2018
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.120: Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, latest edition adopted
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Immunization Recommendations for Disaster Responders