Fire Apparatus Operator: Pumper, 3rd Edition

  • Thomas Sturtevant Texas A&M, Texas Engineering Extension Service, Urban Search and Rescue
  • Howard Sykes
  • ISBN-10: 1435438620  |  ISBN-13: 9781435438620
  • 464 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2005, 1997
  • © 2012 | Published
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Practical and straight-forward, including all new step-by-step skills, FIRE APPARATUS OPERATOR: PUMPER, 3rd EDITION meets the intent of Chapter 5 of the NFPA 1002, 2009 Edition. Boasting a full-color design with enhanced photos and graphics, the third edition steps the reader through the basics of driving, pump operations and maintenance before moving on to the specifics of hydraulics and the calculations required for on scene operations. With expanded coverage on safe driving practices and driver requirements as well as a special section on rural pump operations, this book is a necessary training manual for aspiring driver/operators as well as a handy resource for practicing pump operators.

Features and Benefits

  • Helps students prepare for success on the certification exam and beyond with validated learning objectives that ensure that the intent of the standard is met as it relates to the job performance requirements of Chapter 5 of NFPA Standard 1002 for driver/operator.
  • Full-color design with enhanced photos and graphics highlight a practical, skills-based approach to enhance learning.
  • Skills with step by step photos and graphics accompanied by detailed explanations illustrate the tasks required for driver/operator certification.
  • Driver safety, including an all-new section on emergency vehicle driving operations, helps readers to develop safe practices and contribute to reducing line of duty deaths on the job.

Table of Contents

Preface XI.
NFPA 1002, Chapter 5 Correlation Guide XVII.
FESHE Correlation Guide XXI.
1. Pump Operator Duties and Responsibilities.
2. Emergency Vehicle Preventive Maintenance.
3. Driving Emergency Vehicles.
4. Pump Operating Principles and Construction.
5. Pump Peripherals.
6. Hose, Appliances, and Nozzles.
7. Water Supplies.
8. Pump Operations.
9. Discharge Maintenance and Troubleshooting.
10. Introduction to Hydraulic Theory and Principles.
11. Fireground Flow and Friction Loss Considerations.
12. Pump Discharge Pressure Calculations.
APPENDIX A: NFPA Standards Related to Pump Operations.
APPENDIX B: Sample Generic Standard Operating Procedures.
APPENDIX C: Samples of State Laws for Emergency Vehicle Drivers.
APPENDIX D: Sample Pump Manufacturers' Troubleshooting Guides Appendix E Sample Vehicle Inspection Forms.
APPENDIX F: Charts for Friction Loss, Nozzle Reaction, and Nozzle Discharge.
APPENDIX G: Hydraulics Calculation Information Sheet.
APPENDIX H: Conversion Charts.

What's New

  • Compliance with Chapter 5 of the NFPA Standard 1002,2009 Edition with all new validated learning objectives. A correlation Grid can be found at the front of the book highlighting chapters and pages where content meets each of the job performance requirements for driver/operator.
  • Full-color design with enhanced photos and graphics highlight a new practical, skills-based approach to facilitate learning.
  • All new Skills with step by step photos and graphics accompanied by detailed explanations illustrate the tasks required for driver/operator certification.
  • Driver safety, including an all-new section on emergency vehicle driving operations, emphasizes the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation initiatives to reduce firefighter fatalities.


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Instructor Supplements

Curirculum CD for Sturtevant's Fire Apparatus Operator: Pumper, 3rd  (ISBN-10: 1435438639 | ISBN-13: 9781435438637)

This full curriculum package provides you with the tools required for set up and management of a driver/operator course, including content specific to each volume in the series: Administrative Materials: Practical Tips for Classroom Management, Equipment. Lists, Resources for Tracking Student Progress. Lesson Plans. Correlating PowerPoint Presentations. Testbanks. Skill Sheets. Answers to Questions. Additional Resources. Image Library.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Thomas Sturtevant

Dr. Thomas B. Sturtevant is an Associate Division Director with the Texas Engineering Extension Service's Urban Search and Rescue Program and is a member of Texas Task Force 1. He has written textbooks, assessed foreign emergency response training programs, managed training and educational programs, and served on several national Boards. He is a certified Fire Protection Specialist and has an Education Doctorate in Leadership for Teaching & Learning, as well as a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee. His research/consulting efforts focus on program evaluation and emergency service professional development.

Howard Sykes

Howard Sykes is the paid full-time chief of the Lebanon Volunteer Fire Department, a combination department with full-time, part-time and volunteer members which serves a suburban community in northern Durham County North Carolina. Chief Sykes started his fire service career as a volunteer member of the Pelham Fire Department, a combination department just north of New York City, and was a member of the Pompano Highlands Fire Department in Florida before joining Lebanon. Howard teaches various firefighter I & II class, emergency vehicle driver and driver/operator pumps classes through the North Carolina Community College system. Howard Sykes has a BS in Computer Science with an unofficial minor in electrical engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Masters in Project Management from George Washington University. While a volunteer firefighter, he worked a full career at IBM, was a member of their industry fire brigade and is listed as an inventor on various patents. Howard is certified as an ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) technician, EVT (Emergency Vehicle Technician) / Fire Mechanic and enjoys apparatus maintenance and repair. Howard has lectured worldwide, worked in an executive briefing center and has been responsible for resolving critical customer problems.