Most states either mandate or recommend emergency vehicle operations training for law enforcement officers, firefighters and first responders who will operate emergency vehicles. This training is sometimes referred to as an Emergency Vehicle Operator Course. Initial and ongoing training focuses on the skills and mental readiness required to operate an emergency vehicle safely. Upon completion of state-approved training, students in some states may need to take further action to receive official credentials before operating an emergency vehicle in an official capacity.
Understand EVOC Requirements
Contact the Department of Public Safety in your state to get specific EVOC training requirements and a list of approved training centers. Although states vary in training hour requirements, most include both classroom and hands-on driver training. Some states provide an option to complete the classroom phase online or in a traditional classroom. State requirements also vary on the steps to take after successfully completing training. For example, residents of Pennsylvania must apply for EVOC certification credentials.
Classroom training typically covers the legal aspects and responsibilities of operating an emergency vehicle safely. It may also include topics such as navigation, route mapping and driver roles. The hands-on phase includes skill development in areas such as controlled braking, backing up, turning, parallel parking, crash avoidance techniques and precision driving skills. Proficiency tests usually require students to navigate through an obstacle course successfully.
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