Maricopa Community Colleges  FSC111   19966-19976 
Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 02/27/96
FSC111 19966-19976 LEC 1 Credit(s) 1 Period(s)
Emergency Vehicle Driver Operator
Emergency vehicle operators training including the problems facing operators; the personal qualities of emergency vehicle operator candidates; legal responsibilities of operators; and physical forces involved in driving an emergency vehicle. Includes hands-on training in an emergency response vehicle. Prerequisites: None.
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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:
FSC111   19966-19976 Emergency Vehicle Driver Operator
1. Identify the problems facing the operators of emergency vehicles. (I)
2. Define and demonstrate the skills and attributes required of a candidate for operating an emergency vehicle. (II)
3. Explain the legal responsibilities of the emergency vehicle operator. (III)
4. Identify the physical forces involved in the operation of an emergency vehicle. (IV)
5. Describe preventive vehicle maintenance and maintenance record programs. (V)
6. Explain and demonstrate the necessity for standard operating procedures. (VI)
7. Identify the state and local laws that govern the operation of an emergency vehicle. (VII)
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MCCCD Official Course Outline:
FSC111   19966-19976 Emergency Vehicle Driver Operator
    I. Problems Faced by Operators of Emergency Vehicles
        A. Family dependence for income
        B. Emergency vehicle accidents
        C. VFIS loss statistics
        D. Indiana State University of Pennsylvania Study
        E. General information
      II. Driving System Components
          A. Acquired ability and skills
            1. Driver's license
            2. State and local laws
            3. Defensive driving techniques
          B. Vehicle characteristics
            1. Type of vehicle
            2. Components
            3. Special training required
          C. VFIS personnel file form
        III. Legal Aspects of Emergency Vehicle Operation
            A. Negligence
            B. Acting "in good faith"
            C. What is a true emergency?
            D. What is due regard for the safety of others?
            E. Case histories
          IV. Physical Forces
              A. Types of Energy
                1. Potential energy
                2. Kinetic energy
                3. Velocity
              B. Types of control
                1. Velocity control
                2. Directional control
              C. Physical forces and emergency vehicle control
                1. Friction
                  a. Tire and road friction
                  b. Friction at the brakes
                  c. Velocity control and friction
                  d. Possible ranges of pavement drag factors
                2. Law of inertia
                3. Law of momentum
                  a. Momentum and inertia
                  b. Law of conservation of momentum
                4. Law of reaction
                5. Centrifugal force
                6. Centripetal force
              D. Following another vehicle
                1. Safe following distance
                2. Estimating following distances in the emergency mode
                3. Stopping distances
                  a. Light 2-axle trucks
                  b. Heavy 2-axle trucks
                  c. Three-axle trucks and combinations
              E. Seat belts (passenger restraints)
                1. US DOT National Highway Administration Observations
                2. OSHA Section 1915.100 Proposed Standards
                3. Crash dynamics
                  a. Car collisions
                  b. Human collisions
                  c. Factors contributing to injury and death
                4. Unrestrained occupants
                5. Belted occupants
                6. Myths vs. facts regarding seat belt use
            V. Vehicle Maintenance
                A. Apparatus
                B. Equipment
                C. Personnel
              VI. Vehicle Standard Operating Procedures
                  A. Reasons for constructing
                  B. Areas addressed in SOP
                VII. Laws that Govern Emergency Vehicle Operation
                    A. State
                    B. Local
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