Leadership

Driver Training and Safety Education in Fire Departments

Issue 11 and Volume 108.

Driver Training and Safety Education in Fire Departments Part 2 (continued): Test Equipment; Braking and Stopping Figures; Fire Apparatus Road-E-O THE natural follow-up to the road-e-o in the course of instruction for new men is the driving test under actual traffic conditions. As is later described under the Refresher Course, this test in traffic will be an important adjunct in the checking program which will encompass those men who are already assigned to drive. The objectives of such a test would be fourfold: To measure the driver’s ability to operate the apparatus safely and properly under typical driving conditions. To determine whether or not retraining is necessary. To instill in him the attitude that his job is more than simply driving a fire vehicle—that he has an important responsibility to other members of the company and to their families, as well as to the department itself. To disqualify those whose…

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