Driver/operator SOG help
I searched the forums for this topic but found little on it. I've searched many hours on the web to find info too. Found some but still struggling.
I am writing an SOG for our department on the minimum standards for qualifications of driver/operator and what kind of training program or testing process you put people through to achieve this. I would like to see what everyone else has in place for this and adapt that to our little town.
If you are able, you may email your SOG on this to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.
Funny you should mention this topic. My volly FD is working on starting a program for inhouse MPO testing. We have found even guys that took the state course need to be brought up to speed on our ops and equipment.
Good luck and maybe we can share ideas.
Did a quick google search.
These are just a few.
Our department has the following requirements:
- 21 years of age
- Commercial Driver's License(with tanker and air brake endorsements)
- EVOC class
- 20 hours of driver's training observed by a line officer on major apparatus, 12 on smaller apparatus. Observed time to include two Code 3 responses
- For the rescue: Operations level Vehicle Rescue class
- For the Engine: Advanced Pump Class level, with preferred attendance at our yearly 40 hour over the summer pump/water movement class.
Our SOGs are being changed this year due to our change in contract(good time to update em) and we're considering adding Incident Command to the requirements.
As a combination department, we put a lot of responsibility square on the shoulders of the guy driving. While you have to get us there safely, you might also end up as IC(at least temporarily) or involved in a rescue. We try to make the requirements as stringent as possible to keep some wackers off the road.
I Googled the hell out of this too and found pretty much the same stuff. I do appreciate your efforts.
I'm doing this from memory so I hope it's correct.
At least one year on the job.
CLEAN driving record.
Class D license with emergency endorsment.
State 40 hr pump certifictaion.
16 hr EVOC class.
10 hours non emergency driving with company officer.
Test on driving, pumping, equipment location/operation, response area and SOP's with department training officer.
For quint add aerial operations course and test on aerial operations and aerial SOP's.