Everyone Goes Home® Speak Up – Mike Wieder, Executive Director, IFSTA

“The importance of driver training of fire apparatus cannot be overstated,” begins IFSTA Executive Director Mike Wieder. Driving to and from emergency calls is the most dangerous activity a firefighter does on a daily basis, and the implications drawn from this are obvious. All drivers must be trained to the national standards, NFPA 1002 specifically, which offers theoretical and practical recommendations of knowledge needed for each apparatus type. Allowing drivers to operate vehicles they are not specifically trained to drive puts crew members in unnecessary peril and impacts capacity to arrive at a scene to offer life-saving interventions.

“Having drivers that have been properly trained on that apparatus, not just on any apparatus, but on the apparatus that they’re expected to drive, is crucial to ensuring the safety of our firefighters.” – Mike Wieder