Fire Service Vehicle Operator: Driver Evaluations

By Forest Reeder

This is the final installment of the Fire Service Vehicle Operator series and focuses ona baseline evaluation of driver/operator skills. Sample non-emergency and emergency response evaluation forms are included to assist you in this process. Each member who operates your department vehicles should complete this evaluation on an annual basis on each type of apparatus they operate according to their job description (NFPA 1451). Evaluators must remember that the person they are evaluating is responsible for their safety and survival. This evaluation is designed to identify hazardous actions that place the crew and public at risk.

Consult all local laws and department procedures when designing this evaluation and follow appropriate documentation procedures.

Download this week’s firefighter training drill as a PDF HERE.

Forest Reeder began his fire service career in 1979. He currently serves as Battalion Chief / Director of Training & Safety with the Pleasantview (IL) Fire Protection District ( and is the Director of Training for Southwest United Fire Districts ( In these capacities, he is responsible for the design, implementation and coordination of in-service training activities as well as a full-service fire training academy program. Forest holds numerous Illinois fire service certifications and holds a Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University.

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