Air Brake Course

A 16 hour classroom and 4 hour practical course to prepare the student to write the British Columbia Motor Vehicle Branch exam for an endorsement 15 on a valid B.C. driverís license. Course includes Air Pre-Trip, brake adjustment, introduction to ABS brakes, rapid air build systems for fire apparatus as well as MVB practical exam.

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Fire Apparatus Air Brake Refresher Course

a three hour course designed to bring drivers with an air brake endorsement up to date with current systems, a review of the dual air systems, and the importance of an air pre-trip.  An introduction to ABS brakes and the proper use of ABS brake systems is also included.  A certificate course requiring an 80% grade on a test.

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Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Theory Course

a six hour classroom course for apprentice drivers.  The course follows the prescribed ICBC program for commercial drivers and prepares the student to write the knowledge test to qualify for a commercial learner's license.  It covers basic truck systems, relation between speed, weight and brakes, the effects of balance in driving fire apparatus (especially tankers), turns and cornering with fire apparatus as well as driving diesel engines and electronic transmissions, driving in a safe area.  It also includes load security and hours of service regulations for an unrestricted commercial driver's license.

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Driving in the Rural Fire Department

a three hour defensive driving course that relates to the specific needs of fire departments in rural areas.  Emphasis is placed on the problems with driving tankers and vehicles with a high center of gravity as well as special considerations for rural roads and the problems they present.  A special section is dedicated to the law and the firefighters as well as the effects of driving with lights and siren.

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