NFPA-1002(14): Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver-Operator Professional Qualifications

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NFPA-1002(14): Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver-Operator Professional Qualifications
Safe response depends on fire apparatus drivers and operators who can meet the JPRs in NFPA 1002.

Every driver and operator of fire apparatus needs to be uniquely qualified be meet specific demands based on the influences of the response area -- such as local communities, municipalities, industrial facilities, and those with airports. NFPA 1002: Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications specifies the Job Performance Requirements (JPRs) for fire fighters and fire brigade personnel who drive and operate fire apparatus, in both emergency and non-emergency situations.

Follow the Standard's up-to-date criteria for:

  • Fire department emergency vehicle driver
  • Pump operator
  • Aerial operator
  • Tiller operator
  • Wildland apparatus operator
  • Aircraft rescue and fire-fighting apparatus operator
  • Mobile water supply apparatus operator

New in the 2014 Standard:

  • Added responsibility for the apparatus driver to ensure fire fighters are belted into their seats at all times while the apparatus is in motion
  • Established maneuvering requirements are now dedicated by the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ), to help jurisdictions adapt the Standard to unique environments
  • Added language clarifies directions and performance capabilities relating to drivers and operators assigned to airports or with airport access
  • With respect to fire fighter life and safety and the enormous cost of fire apparatus, it is incumbent on the driver/operator and the community to have a minimum Job Performance Requirements (JPRs) as professional qualifications in operating and maneuvering fire apparatus, as well as performing preventive maintenance.

Fire departments, government agencies, and first response organizations nationwide can help ensure safe, prompt emergency response by following the latest edition of NFPA 1002. (Softbound, 21 pp., 2014)