It is essential that all fire departments utilize properly trained driver/operators who meet all pertinent requirements contained in NFPA 1002, Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications. This standard is designed so that driver/operators can be certified for only those portions that apply to the types of apparatus that their departments operate. The Division of Fire Safety is now offering the first level of these certifications for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator – Pumper. Successful completion of an approved Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator – Pumper course or other equivalent course and the approved practical skills are required to be eligible to take the state certification exam.

Certification is issued to individuals who meet the required qualifications and successfully pass the appropriate Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Certification Examination. All qualifications must be met and documentation supplied to the Division of Fire Safety prior to admission to the examination.

To deliver these courses locally or for course information, refer to the Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Certification booklet  for details on requesting resources or contact the division’s Training and Certification Unit at 573-522-4849.

Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Certification Exam

The Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Certification Exam will be generated and administered regularly by the Division of Fire Safety. The written exam for this level consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. Students have two hours to complete the written exam. The student must achieve a score of 70 percent on the exam in order to qualify for certification. The practical skills exam is completed during the Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator - Pumper Course.