Montgomery County Fire & Rescue

Driver/Operator Certification Process

Take Required Classes

Complete requisite classes to enter Trainee status.  Prerequisites are established by MCFRS Policy 23-07AMII.

Apply and Obtain a Book

Before attempting to enter Trainee status, please check the list of prerequisites. Apparatus Operator Trainee Prerequisites

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.

Books are available for the following apparatus:

  • EMS Transport Unit
  • Engine
  • Aerial - aerial ladder and aerial tower
  • Rescue Squad 
  • Tanker
  • Brush Truck

MD Online Records
PA Online Records
WV Online Records
VA Online Records
DE Online Records

E-mail  _FRSDriverTraining  to coordinate receiving your Training Manual.  You must submit copies of both your signed Driver Training Application and your current non-certified driving record.  A SCANNED PDF copy of the Application and driving record must be submitted via email.  The Driver Training books will be emailed or mailed out via Interoffice mail.  We can't accept a picture copy of the documents.  It must be a scanned copy.

Driver Training may consider a record current if it has been submitted to Driver Training during the previous 6 months.


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

Take Written Test
If using a county computer, click to:  Register For Written Test
Candidates may email Driver Training directly to reserve a seat for a test.
Engine, Aerial, Rescue Squad, and EMS Unit tests are conducted monthly at the Public Safety Training Academy.

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

There is no written test for Tankers.

To identify potential test dates, go to:   Exam Scheduling

Tests may be taken before completing all book work.

A score of 70% or greater is required to pass a 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.  Email requests are preferred and 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.

 Updated 20211220 0843RDT