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Pumping and Aerial Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook, 3rd Edition cover

IFSTA new editions streamline driver/operator training.

The new editions of these bestselling IFSTA fire apparatus driver/operator training materials mark a new approach to training driver/operators. Previously, IFSTA published separate manuals for pumping apparatus and aerial apparatus driver/operators with student and instructor support materials. Fire departments with both types of apparatus needed two manuals and two curriculums, and driver/operator trainees needed two exam preps to study for tests.

The release of the third edition of these manuals streamlines the IFSTA training resources. The Pumping Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook, Third Edition covers pumping apparatus only, the second book in the pair, Pumping and Aerial Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook, Third Edition contains the same 15 chapters as the pumping apparatus textbook, plus an additional 5 chapters relevant to aerial apparatus. Personnel on departments that operate both types of apparatus now only need one manual and one curriculum for training. Students only need one exam prep to prepare for testing. If a fire department does not use aerial apparatus, they use the Pumping Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook, Third Edition and omit the aerial sections of the curriculum and exam prep which include all 20 chapters.

Chapters 2 and 3 are especially beneficial for all driver/operators: Inspection and Maintenance and Safety and Operating Emergency Vehicles.

More about the third edition

  • Skill Sheets now included
  • Key Terms added
  • Aerial apparatus safety emphasizes the most common risks based on actual incidents including: stabilizing equipment before raising the aerial device, wearing fall protection, and avoiding power lines
  • Hydraulic calculations presented in a logical sequence making teaching and learning easier
  • Strategy and tactics include assessing rescue priorities specifically for aerial placement and deployment
  • Chapters address proper stabilization; positioning; and operation of telescoping and articulating aerial devices


  1. Types of Apparatus Equipped with a Pump
  2. Apparatus Inspection and Maintenance
  3. Apparatus Safety and Operating Emergency Vehicles
  4. Positioning Apparatus
  5. Principles of Water
  6. Hose Nozzles and Flow Rates
  7. Theoretical Pressure Calculations
  8. Fireground Hydraulic Calculations
  9. Fire Pump Theory
  10. Operating Fire Pumps
  11. Static Water Supply Sources
  12. Relay Pumping Operations
  13. Water Shuttle Operations
  14. Foam Equipment and Systems
  15. Apparatus Testing
  16. Introduction to Aerial Fire Apparatus
  17. Positioning Aerial Apparatus
  18. Stabilizing the Apparatus
  19. Operating Aerial Apparatus
  20. Aerial Apparatus Strategies and Tactics

Product specifications

Printed version specs

ISBN: 978-0-87939-571-1

Pages: 828

E-book specs

ISBN: 978-0-87939-575-9

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