GMVRS conducts first drivers training course of 2021!
This past weekend, we hosted an EVDT (Emergency Vehicle Drivers Training) course, our first of 2021! This course trained and certified some of our newer members, as well as some personnel from other jurisdictions in the proper, and safe operation of Ambulances and Emergency Vehicles. Our own Assistant Chief, Adam Sampiller was the lead instructor, and he was assisted by several members from both GMVRS as well as the Manassas Volunteer Fire Company.
The EVDT course is a multi-day course that begins with a comprehensive classroom lecture that covers everything from Vehicle laws in the State of Virginia, to vehicle operation, and more. Upon completion of the classroom portion, there is a written examination which must be passed prior to the road course, which is designed to simulate various maneuvers that one may have to make with an emergency vehicle.
We’re happy to report that everyone passed, and our members who attended the course can now begin their Drivers internship with the department, which is a rigorous training program designed to orient them to the department policies for vehicle operation, street familiarization, and gain experience with both non-emergency and emergency driving under the watchful eye and tutelage of an experienced Field Training Officer (FTO) to ensure that all endorsed drivers are able to comfortably, safely, and efficiently operate the apparatus and navigate the best route to emergency calls, and/or the hospital.
Great job by all, and we look forward to having our new drivers endorsed soon!
Below are some pictures from the Classroom portion, as well as the road course portion of the course.