Yes. The new EVIP program includes a continuing education component for both the EVIP drivers and the EVIP trainer. EVIP trainers need to attend a EVIP Train-the-Trainer class once every five years. EVIP drivers need to participate in annual continuing education. There are several options for EVIP driver continuing education:
Provided your EVIP drivers have been actively participating in EVIP continuing education they do not need to retake the full EVIP course. The new EVIP program has provisions for 4 different types of continuing education. If your drivers have not been participating in continuing education we strongly encourage you to have them go through the full new EVIP course.
All Wa. State Firefighter drivers training programs must be accredited with WSP Standards and accreditation. Per RCW these programs must be submitted for approval and resubmitted every five years. WSP Standards and accreditation have an agreement with Washington State Dept of Licensing, Commercial Drivers Licensing, to review and approve Drivers training programs for firefighters. Currently there are three programs that are accredited and approved in Wa. State for firefighters:
Regional trainings are being offered around the state, and new classes are being offered continually. Keep an eye on the EVIP Information page for the most up to date information regarding EVIP Train the Trainer classes, and call Battalion Chief James Hempstead at (509) 942-7703 if you have at least 12 students and want to host/schedule an EVIP Train-the Trainer class locally.