The technology behind today’s cars and trucks is more complex than ever. Add in the functionality allowed by emergency vehicles, and repairs become even more complicated. And when you factor in the water tanks, ladders, warning lights, oxygen systems … well, you get the idea. There’s a lot going on.
Even if you have experience working with other heavy-duty equipment, there’s plenty you’ll need to learn to get up to speed on repairing emergency vehicles. Gaining your Emergency Vehicle Technician (EVT) certification will help ensure you’re up to the task. Here’s how to do it.
The EVT Certification Commission, Inc. (EVTCC) is a nonprofit organization that offers the training and testing needed to get your certification, and there are a couple of different paths you can take. One option is to become certified in any of the five different tracks offered by taking just the EVT test:
- Fire apparatus technician
- Ambulance technician
- Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle technician
- Law enforcement vehicle technician
You also have the option to combine these tests with ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) exams. Doing this will help you achieve Level I, II and Master EVT Certification. You’ll need to pass specific combinations of exams to achieve the various levels of certification. For a full breakdown, see the certification requirements chart provided by the EVTCC.
Taking the test
The EVTCC has reference material recommendations and sample questions on their site. You’ll be tested on things like specific standards from the National Fire Protection Association and best practices related to maintenance and servicing.
Tests are offered throughout the nation in June and October, with select “special dates” at some shows and seminars. You’ll find those dates, plus the registration form on the EVTCC site.
Along with helping you advance your career and expand your knowledgebase, getting certified also has a public service angle. When knowledgeable technicians provide quality repairs, our ambulances, fire trucks and other service vehicles are more reliable. That means your family, friends and neighbors can get help when they need it. That’s something worth studying for.
When you’re ready to start working with emergency vehicles, be sure you’re lifting them correctly. Our guide to lifting heavy-duty vehicles safely can help.