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2021-2022 College Catalog 
2021-2022 College Catalog
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FSC 180 - Driver Training for Fire Service

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Techniques for driving and handling fire vehicles. Includes safe operating procedures, defensive driving, apparatus inspection, training in emergency maneuvers, and the key components of the driving system.

Prerequisite(s): FSC 149 FSC 150  and FSC 151.
Information: Consent of instructor is required before enrolling in this course.
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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the major considerations in preparing to drive a fire vehicle.
  2. Differentiate and describe the major critical driving situations.
  3. Identify the techniques required to handle critical driving situations.
  4. Demonstrate safe operating procedures, including driver preparation and types of vehicular maneuvers.
  5. Discuss vehicle dynamics including kinetic energy, centrifugal forces, inertia, coefficient of friction, and tires.
  6. Demonstrate the use emergency maneuvers.
  7. List the key components of the driving system.
  8. Explain the facilities and equipment required to create and maintain a driving course.

  1. Driver Preparation
    1. Seat adjustment
    2. Hand position
    3. Mirrors
    4. Instrument panel
  2. Vehicle Dynamics Theory
    1. Kinetic Energy
    2. Centrifugal Forces
    3. Inertia
    4. Coefficient of Friction
    5. Tires
  3. Vehicle Dynamics - Application
    1. Serpentine
    2. Evasive procedures
    3. Controlled braking
    4. Skid control
    5. Off-road recovery
    6. Blowouts
  4. Facilities and Equipment
    1. Layout
    2. Safety aspects
    3. Vehicle preparation
    4. Special equipment

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2008/09

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