DO101 - Pumper Driver/Operator - Wk 2

Upon successful completion of this course, the student shall demonstrate an understanding of: the factors involved in selecting a driver/operator, the different types of apparatus equipped with a fire pump, the components of apparatus maintenance and inspection program, how a fire pump works mechanically, the different types of water supplies, and the different aspects of operating with them utilizing different types of water supply during pumping operations, perform theoretical pressure calculations pertaining to fire service nozzles and fire hose, understand the need for pressure relief devices and how they operate and work pressure calculations in fire hose using the fire ground hydraulic method.

Course Code



40 Hours


  • $171 per student on campus
  • $3,000 flat rate off campus


In order to be eligible for TN Commission on FF Testing for Certification at the end of our program, students will need to bring with them to class the following completed TCOFF PDO skills: PDO-2, PDO-3, PDO-4, PDO-5, PDO-6, and PDO -14. If these are not completed, students will not be eligible to test at the end of our program. We will not be completing these skills within the two-week format.

Pumper Driver/Operator Week 1


Must be at least 18 years of age.



Maximum Class Size


Required Student Materials

  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Highlighter
  • NFPA Compliant Structural Firefighting Clothing
  • IFSTA Pumping and Aerial Apparatus Driver/Operator 3rd Edition Textbook only



Course Objectives

Using lecture and practical exercises, this course will provide insight into the general principles of pump operation, along with the application of those principles wherever feasible. It also provides guidance to the driver/operators in the proper operation and care of apparatus. This class includes an overview of the qualities and skills needed by a driver/operator, safe driving techniques, types of pumping apparatus, positioning apparatus to maximize efficiency and water supply, fire pump theory and operation, hydraulic calculations, water supply considerations, relay pumping principles, water shuttle procedures, foam system operation, and apparatus maintenance and testing.

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