Firefighters participate in Fire Apparatus Operator course

During the weekend of Feb. 7, 8 and 9 the Redway Fire Protection District hosted its first Fire Apparatus Operator course. This course is designed to assist local volunteer firefighters in upgrading their driver's licenses to include the firefighter endorsement allowing them to drive fire apparatus.

The class consisted of four hours of lecture relative to the laws and liability pertaining to the operation of emergency vehicles. Following the classroom phase, 16 hours of behind-the-wheel vehicle placement were also required. Additionally, class participants were instructed on proper pre-trip safety inspections of their fire apparatus.

The class consisting of 44 firefighters from Palo Verde, Alderpoint, Garberville, Briceland, Whitethorn, Whale Gulch, Shelter Cove, Telegraph Ridge, Miranda, Myers Flat, Fruitland Ridge, Redcrest and Redway fire districts attended and successfully completed this course. These students have mastered the skills necessary to conduct preoperational checks of their apparatus, safe driving practices and laws pertaining to emergency vehicle operation. The enthusiasm and energetic class participation enabled the students to challenge themselves to higher levels.

Redway Fire District would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance and support: Cal Fire - Eel River Camp, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Caltrans, California Highway Patrol - Garberville Area, California Department of Motor Vehicles - Garberville Office and the Fortuna Fire District.

Brian Anderson is the fire chief for the Redway Fire Protection District.


1. Redway Fire Protection District fire chief Brian Anderson and volunteer firefighter and member of the Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue team, Diana Totten, lead the classroom portion of the first Fire Apparatus Operator course at the Redway Fire station.

2. The instruction continued outside where 44 firefighters participated.