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Earlier this month at the Symposium in the Sun, the Coventry (Conn.) Fire Department received the Vehicle Safe Operations Achievement Award, sponsored by VFIS. The department experienced zero vehicle accidents during the period of June 1, 2011, to May 31, 2012.
Here, Chief Joseph Carilli talks about the department's driver-safety initiatives, including the signing of a safety pledge. The department requires members who drive to calls — including in personal vehicles — to take the Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) at the Connecticut Fire Academy. It also holds annual driver recertification and requires annual physicals for fire and ambulance vehicle operators.