Emergency Vehicle Operator
Old Course Code: EVO

Instructional Hours: 24.00

Objective: To provide the student with information on sensible and safe emergency vehicle driving procedures and collision avoidance and to develop basic skills in the operation of fire and rescue service apparatus.

Learning Outcome: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to describe the major concepts of emergency vehicle driving including safety, legal issues, communications, vehicle inspection and preparation, physical forces affecting driving and the operation of an emergency vehicle and demonstrate basic competency as a driver of an emergency vehicle. A score of 70% or better is required on the final written examination and the successful completion of practical evolutions according to an established checklist.

Course Content: Major topics covered in the course are safe driving and collision avoidance, Maryland motor vehicle statutes, route selection and communications, vehicle inspection and driving preparation, physical forces affecting driving, lights and sirens, basic control tasks, urban driving, negotiating intersections and turnarounds, following and passing vehicles, high-speed driving, dealing with adverse conditions and contingencies, and emergency parking.

Methods of Instruction: Lecture, discussion, classroom exercises, audio/visual material, instructor evaluation, completion of exercises, homework, final written examination and skills performance check off.

A current valid Maryland Driver's License or equivalent AND a letter from the Fire Chief of the Department giving the student permission to drive the department's apparatus in the course.

Upon successful completion, this course partially satisfies the professional certification requirements for:

  • Fire Apparatus Vehicle Driver/Operator - Pump

  • Fire Apparatus Vehicle Driver/Operator - Aerial

  • Fire Apparatus Vehicle Driver/Operator - Tiller

  • Fire Apparatus Vehicle Driver/Operator - Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Apparatus

  • Fire Apparatus Vehicle Driver/Operator - Mobile Water Supply