SRJC Course Outlines

6/17/2024 4:16:17 AMFIRE 241 Course Outline as of Fall 2016

Reinstated Course

Discipline and Nbr:  FIRE 241Title:  DRIVER OPERATOR 1A  
Full Title:  Driver Operator 1A
Last Reviewed:10/23/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.50Lecture Scheduled1.2517.5 max.Lecture Scheduled21.88
Minimum1.50Lab Scheduled1.002 min.Lab Scheduled17.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total2.25 Contact Total39.38
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  43.75Total Student Learning Hours: 83.13 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  P/NP Only
Repeatability:  21 - Legally Mandated Repetition
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Catalog Description:
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Provide fire service personnel with the knowledge of the laws and requirements that pertain to emergency vehicle operation.  Utilize the techniques and knowledge learned to demonstrate various driving skills.

Fire 208.1 or equivalent fire service experience.

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:
Must have a valid Class B California State driver's license.

Schedule of Classes Information
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Provide Fire Service personnel with the knowledge of the laws and requirements that pertain to emergency vehicle operation. Utilize the techniques and knowledge learned to demonstrate various driving skills.
(P/NP Only)

Prerequisites:Fire 208.1 or equivalent fire service experience.
Limits on Enrollment:Must have a valid Class B California State driver's license.
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:21 - Legally Mandated Repetition


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  List driver responsibilities, recognized standards, and related laws for fire apparatus.
2.  List elements and techniques for basic inspections, documentation, maintenance, and troubleshooting fire apparatus.
3.  Describe the techniques for defensive driving and positioning fire apparatus.
4.  Demonstrate defensive driving skills during simulated driving conditions.
5.  Prepare student to meet California State Fire Marshal mandated Class B License testing.

Topics and Scope
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I.   Responsibilities, Standards, and Laws
    A.  Orientation and administration
    B.  Fire apparatus driver/operator responsibilities
    C.  Legal aspects of emergency and non-emergency driving
II.   Inspection, Basic Maintenance, Documentation, and Troubleshooting
    A.  Frame, axles steering and suspension systems, driveline, wheels and tires
    B.  Engine systems
    C.  Transmission and clutch
    D.  Starting, charging, and other electrical systems
    E.  Brake system
    F.  Auxiliary and accessory equipment
    G.  Inspection documentation and reports
    H.  Pre-trip inspection procedures
III. Driving Practices
    A.   Accident statistics and liability
    B.   Defensive driving
    C.   Driving apparatus to incidents
    D.   Off-road driving
    E.   Braking and stopping
    F.   Steering and load control
    G.  Positioning the apparatus
IV. Driving Exercises
V.  Course Review and State Fire Marshal Driver Operator Certification Examination

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1.  Skill demonstration of defensive driving techniques.
2.  Demonstrate proper turning radius, clearance of vehicle exercise.
3.  Demonstrate shift in vehicle dynamics by maneuvering through slalom course.
4.  Fire apparatus inespection.
5.  One to three quizzes and State Fire Marshal essay exam.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 40%
Fire apparatus inspection
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 40%
Emergency vehicle driving; California State Fire Marshal driver demonstration
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 40%
Multiple choice, essay exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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California Commercial Driver Handbook, DMV, 2008 edition
Pumping Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook, International Fire Service Training Association, 2nd edition 2006
California State Fire Training Student Supplement, 2008 edition
Instructor prepared materials

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