Drive to Survive: The Art of Wheeling the Rig
Thursday, April 27
This class is designed for serious fire apparatus operators who want to improve their driving skills and advance the art of driving an emergency vehicle. It addresses advanced topics not normally covered in basic driver training programs, including advanced vehicle dynamics, crash causation, and common driver errors. Using easy-to-understand terminology, videos, and a dynamic teaching style, the class drives home multiple teaching points that are essential for professional fire apparatus operators. Topics include vehicle dynamics, air brakes, brake fade, roadway friction, stopping distance, lateral g-force, rollover thresholds, siren limitations, and intersection crashes. The class is ideal for any member who operates a fire truck, ambulance, or personal vehicle. The class also addresses important issues for the chief and line officers who are ultimately responsible for the operation of any vehicle or driver training program.