Cherokee County firefighter, James "Perfect" Wright (9-B), recently completed the requirement to become a Fire Apparatus Operator (FAO).
According to Fire Training Officer, Robbie Kennedy, “The program is a 12 month on the job training program that is facilitated by the Cherokee County Fire Training Division. Once a firefighter has reached 12 months of successful employment assigned to Field Operations, the firefighter can be a candidate for the program and may be assigned the FAO Task Book.”
The Task Book covers the Cognitive and Psychomotor Skills necessary to become a safe and competent Fire Apparatus Operator for Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services.
The candidate is required to go through a cone course, non-emergency and emergency responses, utilizing static and pressurized water sources throughout the county that are logged in the task book along with a host of other objectives that adhere to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1002 which is the national standard for Fire Apparatus Operators.
“Once the candidate has successfully completed the task book, they are evaluated at our Fire Training Center on the last Wednesday of the month. There is a written test as well as a practical skills evaluation,” added Kennedy.
The FAO position is a non-competitive promotion with an increase in salary.