Firefighters wanted for certification course

Angel Fitzpatrick | Apr 10, 2018

Adult and Continuing Education (ACE), the non-credit division of North Central Texas College, invites local firefighters to take part in its upcoming Driver/Operator-Pumper certification course. The one-week, 60-hour course takes place April 16-24 at Little Elm Fire Department I in Little Elm, Tex.

“With this course, firefighters have the opportunity to receive hands-on training and develop the skills and knowledge necessary for certification to Driver/Operator-Pumper as described in the National Fire Protection Association Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications,” said Emergency Services Program Coordinator Strider Floyd. “In addition, many fire departments in our area require this course for step-up drivers and those wanting to promote within their departments.”

The NCTC Driver/Operator-Pumper course will be taught by Roger McCurley, a retired Flower Mound Fire Department driver engineer, who spent more than 30 years working in the fire service. “You couldn’t ask for a more experienced instructor for this course,” said Floyd. “Roger lives and breathes the fire service.”

The course comprises several elements, including driver/operator-pumper basics, such as pump theory, fire service hydraulics, apparatus inspection, pump operations and driving practices. Moreover, the $375 course fee is competitive with similar offerings by other organizations. Firefighters interested in taking this course are encouraged to sign up immediately as the class is limited to 40 students. For more information and to register, please contact Strider Floyd at 940-498-6254.