Emergency Vehicle Operator (EVO) Training Overview
The Baltimore County Fire-Rescue Academy, in conjunction with career station personnel, conduct training and certification for personnel to drive fire apparatus. In order to drive large departmental apparatus (engines, trucks, or specialized equipment), a candidate must first hold a valid, state-issued driver's license. Candidates who do not possess the appropriate license to operate the appropriate class of apparatus may complete the Emergency Vehicle Operator process. This certification will allow a candidate to drive emergency apparatus only in the class(es) specified.
Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Joseph Wiggins coordinates the Fire Department's Driving Program.
Getting Started - Process Road Map
I Want To...
- Become licensed to drive departmental apparatus
- Complete the In-Station Engine Turn-In Process Option
- Complete the In-Station Truck Turn-In Process Option
- Apply for the EVDO Driver Academy (Application Period Spring and Fall)
Driver's License Requirements
Operators need either a Class "A" or Class "B" Maryland Driver's License or an EVO Card issued by the Baltimore County Fire Department. A Class "A" license will permit the operator to drive all departmental apparatus. A Class "B" license will permit the operator to drive most units, but not ladder trucks or USAR 17.
Operators with a valid out-of-state Class "A" or Class "B" license do not need any other license to drive that class of vehicle for the Baltimore County Fire Department. They will need to complete the EVO Testing Process and be issued an EVO Card by the Baltimore County Fire Department if they will be operating an apparatus of a different class than their license permits.
Training Material for Apparatus
Please see the Resource Materials section for more information.