Town of Falmouth, Maine
271 Falmouth Road
Falmouth, ME 04105
Apparatus Training Program Overview:
When a member of Falmouth Fire-EMS would like to start driver training, they will approach their Lieutenant and the Lieutenant will decide if that person is ready to start or not. If the Lieutenant agrees to move ahead with the training, he/she will provide a pre-requisite form to the member to sill out. Once returned to the Lieutenant the Lt. will contact the Captain for review. If the Captain approves of the member starting the driver training process the Captain will sign off on the form and forward the form to the Deputy Chief for review and final approval. The Deputy Chief will decide what apparatus the firefighter will start training on and initial the form next to the approved apparatus. Only apparatus with the Deputy Chiefâ€™s initial on may be trained on by the member.
Each apparatus has a 3-page training outline / skill sheet to use a an outline for training. The member must train with at least two different trainers on each apparatus. An approved trainer is someone who is already approved to operate the apparatus. The training record / skill sheets have a column for documenting training and one for demonstrated proficiency. The last page includes a section for recording over the road training hours as well.
Once a member has completed documented proficiency performing all skills required for an apparatus he/she will bring the completed form to the Lieutenant. The Lieutenant will review the form and forward it to the Captain to schedule a evaluation. The evaluation will be given by the Deputy Chief or his/her designee and will include a pre-ride inspection, an over the road session to display basic operation of the vehicle, and five random job performance requirements from the training record / skill sheet. A score of 90 points or higher is required to successfully pass the evaluation.
If successful, the Deputy Chief will submit the completed evaluation form to the Administrative Office for filing and for a completion certificate to be awarded. Once the completion certificate is awarded, the member will be approved to operate the apparatus without supervision.
All members are required to operate each apparatus for which they are approved to operate for 3 hours of training or 3 calls in a 6 month period every year as a continuing education.