SOUTH LYNCHES FIRE DEPARTMENT
Document No. Title
SAF- 200.01 EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPERATOR PROGRAM
Approved: March 24, 2009 Supersedes: May 23, 2006
Effective Date: June 1, 2009
Provide guidelines to approve emergency vehicle operators for South Lynches Fire Department.
Must be age eighteen (18) years or older.
Must complete all training requirements as outlined in TR-301.01, which includes:
1. Orientation to South Lynches Fire Department
2. Bloodborne Pathogen Program and annual refresher, thereafter
3. Basic First Aid, and refresher, as required
4. CPR, to include AED and refresher, as required
5. South Lynches Fire Department Emergency Vehicle Driver Training
6. Annual Physical
Must have completed South Lynches Fire Department membership probationary period unless
waived by the Fire Chief.
Must have a South Carolina driver license, Class E or CDL class A or B.
Must complete an Emergency Vehicle Driver Request Form. Signature of applicant and
submission of form will approve South Lynches Fire Department to obtain a three-year driving
record from the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. A driving record will be acquired
prior to any evaluations and annually thereafter.
If an individual is found unclear by the attending physician during the annual physicals, the
member will not be allowed to drive fire apparatus until he has provided clearance from his
personal physician to drive and operate fire apparatus. This clearance should state what duties the
person will be capable of performing (driving, fire-ground support, etc.)
The individual's driving record issued by the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
reflects more than TWO (2) "Class B" or ONE (1) or more "Class A" violations in a three period
(See Motor Vehicle Violations).
Failure to meet all the requirements of the Emergency Vehicle Operator Evaluation Record.
MOTOR VEHICLE VIOLATIONS:
CLASS "A" VIOLATIONS
An individual who has a "Class A" violation normally receives a license suspension from the S. C.
Department of Motor Vehicles. Charges of a "Class A" violation will warrant a temporary
suspension until the results of the charges are finalized. Conviction of a "Class A" violation will
result in a permanent suspension of driving department vehicles for a period of eighteen (18)
months from the date of conviction. Examples of "Class A" are as follows:
1. Driving while intoxicated.
2. Driving under the influence of drugs.
3. Negligent homicide arising out of the use of a motor vehicle (gross negligence).
4. Operating during a period of suspension or revocation.
5. Using a motor vehicle for the commission of a felony.
6. Aggravated assault with a motor vehicle.
7. Operating a motor vehicle without owner's authority.
8. Permitting an unlicensed person to drive.
9. Reckless driving.
10. Hit and run driving.
An individual wishing to be reinstated as a driver after the suspension period will be required to
meet all current requirements of the program.
CLASS "B" VIOLATIONS
An individual who has a combination of two (2) "Class B" moving violation convictions and/or
chargeable accidents in a three-year period will be issued a warning letter from the EVOP
An individual age twenty-one (21) to sixty-five (65) years old who has a combination of three (3)
"Class B" moving violation convictions and/or chargeable accidents in a three (3) year period will
be suspended from driving department vehicles for a period of ninety (90) days. Individuals age
eighteen (18) years old to twenty-one (21) years old or over sixty-five (65) years old will be
suspended for a period of one (1) year. Should the individual wish to be reinstated after the one
(1) year period suspension, the individual must meet all current requirements of this program.
An individual age twenty-one (21) to sixty-five (65) years old who has more than three (3) "Class
B" moving violation convictions and/or chargeable accidents in a three-year period will be
suspended from driving department vehicles for a period of one (1) year. Should the individual
wish to be reinstated after the one (1) year suspension, the individual will be required to meet all
current requirements of this program.
Examples of "Class B" violations are as follows:
1. All moving violations not listed as Type "A" violations (Exceeding posted speed limit is
a Type "B" violation).
This section applies to those individuals needing to familiarize themselves with the respective
vehicles they wish to operate.
Applicant must meet all requirements in the Eligibility Requirements section, this document.
Exception: applicant must have a Class E driver permit issued by the South Carolina Department
of Motor Vehicles.
Applicant CAN NOT drive or pump a vehicle during an EMERGENCY incident.
Applicant may use department vehicle during the S. C. Department of Motor Vehicles road
evaluation with prior approval of the respective fire station's District Chief or EVOP Coordinator.
Applicant must be accompanied by a Department officer and they must be an approved
Emergency Vehicle Operator of the vehicle trainee is operating.
Applicant and accompanying officer must inspect appropriate vehicle to ensure all lights, turn
signals, horn, and wipers are operational prior to leaving the respective fire station when the
vehicle is used for the S. C. Department of Motor Vehicles road evaluation.
EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPERATOR EXAMINER:
An emergency vehicle operator examiner will be designated for each South Lynches Fire
Department fire station. In addition, the department's Captain/Career firefighter and EVOP
Coordinator will also be examiners.
A list of the examiners will be submitted to the South Carolina Department of Highways and
Public Transportation on a CL-3 form by the EVOP Coordinator.
PROVISIONAL DRIVER/OPERATOR PROCEDURE:
A driver applicant must complete an Emergency Vehicle Driver Request and submit to the EVOP
Coordinator. The form may be obtained from any of the station examiners, EVOP Coordinator,
the Fire Department Administrator or SLFD web site.
The EVOP Coordinator will obtain a three-(3) year driving record from the S. C. Department of
EVOP Coordinator will review applicant's driving record. If no reason for disqualification is
noted, the applicant will be given an Emergency Vehicle Operator Evaluation Record for each
vehicle applicant is requesting to be examined on, one Driver Consent Form, and one Emergency
Vehicle Operator Questionnaire.
Applicant will be informed of the next available training and testing dates, and should make all
necessary arrangements to attend.
The first examiner will administer the written questionnaire. This is for gauging the applicant's
emergency vehicle operation knowledge.
Applicant will drive a designated road course surrounding the vehicle's respective fire station.
A separate Emergency Vehicle Operator Evaluation Record will be completed for each vehicle the
applicant is evaluated on.
The appropriate vehicle will be circled on the Driver Consent Form and the examiner will sign and
date on the appropriate line. Applicants evaluated and approved on a department vehicle are
approved to operate additional vehicles if they are of the same make/model. Examiner should
circle each of the similar apparatus on the appropriate forms and sign and date the appropriate
The applicant will submit the Emergency Vehicle Operator Record(s), Driver Consent Form, and
Emergency Vehicle Operator Questionnaire to the EVOP Coordinator for review and filing once
he/she has been evaluated on all the desired vehicles.
The EVOP Coordinator will add applicant's name to a current list of department drivers and
submit to the South Carolina Department of Highways and Public Transportation using for 5016-
F. Operators suspended or terminated from driving department vehicles will be removed from the
list submitted to the S. C. Department of Highways and Public Transportation within thirty (30)
Drivers age eighteen (18) to twenty-one (21) years old SHOULD NOT drive during
EMERGENCY incidents unless no drivers over age twenty-one (21) or less than sixty-five (65)
years old is immediately available. Example: a nineteen (19) year old and a twenty-five (25) year
old drive arrive at the emergency vehicle at the same time, the twenty-five (25) year old driver
MUST drive the vehicle. The nineteen- (19) year old may drive the vehicle back to the station.
Drivers sixty-five (65) years old should not drive during EMERGENCY incidents unless an
annual medical physical has been performed by a licensed physician.
Driving privileges MAY be temporarily suspended should a complaint of unsafe driving of a
department vehicle is reported or individual is involved in an accident while driving a department
vehicle. Reinstatement of driving privileges or permanent suspension will be based on an
investigation conducted by the Fire Chief and EVOP Coordinator.
Drivers should voluntarily report any driving violations received and/or medical condition that
may cause him/she to present a hazard while driving a department vehicle.
All Provisional Drivers with the exception of rescue trucks and tower/ladder apparatus must
complete the South Lynches Fire Department Pump Operations course within one year of
achieving Provisional Driver/Operator status – assuming the class has been offered twice. Should
the class not be conducted a minimum of twice in one year, or attendees exceed the class
allotment, the one year period will be extended until the second class is conducted.
NON-EMERGENCY DRIVING REQUIREMENTS:
Department needs require the use of the department's light duty vehicles; i.e. pick-up truck (brush
units not included), suburban, automobile, or van, to be used. These department vehicles may be
used for department business only provided the individual driving the vehicle meets the following
Has a valid driver's license issued by the South Carolina Department of Highways and
Individuals driving these vehicles CAN NOT drive to an EMERGENCY incident using
emergency vehicle response practices, i.e. warning lights and siren, unless they have complied
with the “Training” requirements of SOG SAF – 207.01, “Use of Lights and Siren in Personal
With respect to the Aerial Tower Truck, this procedure will only apply to the vehicle operator, i.e.
those who will drive and pump the apparatus. Platform operators will undergo a separate approval
GUIDELINES FOR ASSISTANCE TO DRIVE EMS UNITS
When South Lynches Fire Department is requested to provide assistance to an ambulance in the
form of a vehicle driver, the following procedure must be observed:
I. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
In addition to any requirements set forth in Items II and III below, the following criteria must be
met in order to assist EMS as a driver.
Must have completed the SLFD EVOP evaluation requirements and be on current
II. REQUESTS WHILE ON THE SCENE OF AN INCIDENT
In addition to meeting the criteria set forth in Item I above, the firefighter must:
MUST receive a direct order from the Officer-In-Command (OIC) of the incident.
III. REQUESTS VIA PERSON OR TELEPHONE TO AN SLFD STATION
Due to the proximity of EMS to certain SLFD facilities, requests may come in through in-person
or telephone methods. When responding to a request of this type, it must be conducted in the
a. The SLFD member must radio the request to Central Dispatch in order to have a taped
record of the request and the action to be taken. This will also serve notification necessary
for department operations.
b. The firefighter must be authorized by a senior officer such as the firefighter's District
Chief, the Safety Officer, career Captains, the EVOP Coordinator, an Assistant Chief, or
the Chief. Freelancing will not be tolerated. The aforementioned officers, if requested to
drive for EMS, may do so without receiving approval from another officer, although
Central Dispatch must still be notified in order to assign a run number in order to properly
document the call.