In addition to core competencies for exterior firefighters, apparatus operators should complete a training program addressing the following core competencies:

  • Performing routine preventive maintenance, inspection and being capable of initiating the service of vehicle systems, components, equipment, tools and appliances assigned to the vehicle and be capable of initiating correction of any deficiencies noted.
  • Be capable of documenting routine maintenance, inspection and service of the vehicle's systems, components,equipment, tools and appliances mounted on or assigned to vehicle.  Be capable of initiating correction of any deficiencies noted during this process or any corrective actions required to address deficiencies. 
  • Be capable of demonstrating safe operation of the vehicle in compliance with applicable laws, regulations and standards during routine driving and emergency responses.
  • Be capable of demonstrating defensive driving practices.
  • Be capable of demonstrating safe maneuvering of the vehicle around obstructions and in restricted spaces both forward and reverse.
  • Be able to demonstrate safe backing procedures and the user of a spotter
  • Be knowledgeable of operational capabilities and limitations of the vehicle, its systems and components, equipment, tools and appliances mounted on or assigned to that vehicle.
  • Understand the operation of the functional systems, tools, equipment and appliances mounted on or assigned to the vehicle; and
  • Be capable of demonstrating the ability to operate the pump or other functional systems on the apparatus.

These competencies are presented within the following courses instructed by the Suffolk County Fire Academy:  Apparatus Operator-Pump,  Apparatus Operator-Aerial Devices, EVOC, Ladder Company Operations