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Montgomery County Fire & Rescue

Driver/Operator Certification Process

Take Required Classes

Complete requisite classes to enter Trainee status.

Apply and Obtain a Book

In order to receive a book for the type of apparatus you wish to operate, you must submit a completed   Driver Training Application and a non-certified copy of your Motor Vehicle Record.  One application form is required per vehicle type and the application must be signed by your officer.

Driver Training Application
MD Online Records
PA Online Records
WV Online Records
VA Online Records
DE Online Records

 

Training books can be picked up at the PSTA Driver Training Office Room #211 unless otherwise directed.

E-mail _FRSDriverTraining  to coordinate a time to come pick up your Training Manual.  You must submit copies of both your signed Driver Training Application and your current non-certified driving record.  Driver Training may consider a record current if it has been submitted to Driver Training during the previous 12 months.

Preparation

Using the book corresponding to your apparatus:
-Finish Competencies
-Practice Evolutions Using PAGS
-Complete the required hours of routine driving – 1 Behavior Evaluation per 2 hours of driving
-Pass the in-station Area Knowledge Exam
-Complete the Written Assignment and have it reviewed by your mentor




Driving Log
Done In Station

Take Written Test

Register For Written Test
Engine, Aerial, Rescue Squad, and EMS Unit tests are conducted monthly at the Driver Training Program building.

Written tests for Brush Trucks are conducted in-station in conjunction with the practical exam.

There is no written test for Tankers.

2nd and 4th Wednesdays
Test may be taken before completing all book work.

A passing score is 70% or greater on the Written Test.

You must wait 30 days to retest if you score less than 70%.

 

 

Take Practical Test

How do I schedule a practical exam?   Guide for scheduling a practical exam

All practical exam requests must originate from the candidate's officer.  Requests should be sent to _FRSDriverTraining.

Engine, Aerial, Rescue, and EMS unit practical exams are conducted at the PSTA.
Tanker and Brush practical exams are conducted at the station by Driver Training Program instructors.

Emergency Response Evaluations

5 Emergency Response Evaluations For EMS Units
10 Emergency Response Evaluations For Engines, Aerials, and Rescue Squads
10 Emergency Response Evaluations for each TDA position - Driver and Tiller
No Evaluations Are Required For Tankers, Brush Trucks, Tow Vehicles, Support Units, or Buses

 

 

Notifications -- Submit Completed Certification Form

Original Document -- Personnel File (HQ) or LFRD
Copies to:

  • Employee
  • Station Supervisor File
  • Battalion Chief (Chief should notify Scheduling)
  • MCFRTA Driver Training Coordinator
  • Safety Section Assistant Chief
 
Incumbent  and Support Apparatus Checkouts

Existing apparatus operators seeking qualification on other breeds of apparatus or with support apparatus can locate certification documents on the Incumbent Resources Page.  This includes Aerials, Air Units, Command Posts, Decontamination Unit, Hazmat Unit, Medical Ambulance Bus, Trailer Towing, and other support or utility vehicles.

 

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