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ATV / UTV sops or training

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    We recently acquired a use 6-wheel utility vehicle (UTV) and are ready to put it into service. Just wondering if any other depts with a UTV have written SOPs for its use and/or require some training before members can use it. If so, could I get a copy of your SOPs or training ideas?



  • #2
    We just dealt with a fatal accident (civilian) involving a UTV. I have no info on the circumstances and didn't make the scene, but everything I've gotten on it indicates it was bad. I suspect speed was a factor.

    Talk to local dealers (especially the brand you got - they might enjoy the free publicity) and see if they have any training to offer. Many do. Check with them on speed and stability specifications and include that in your SOP.

    UTV's are far different from "4 wheeler" ATV's. Make sure your folks know the difference, especially if you'll be using it off road. That may sound funny, but a lot of UTV's get used for event coverage, etc, and rarely leave paved surfaces.
    Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

    Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.


    • #3
      Thats a capital idea Tree! An approved rider training safety course from the factory is the ticket!

      At least belts and helmets. We use the crap outta our 6x6 polaris. The IC kinda gets to pick who drives it though.

      We carry 80 gals of water, pump and reel with the tool box stuffed with tools and hose. We are still under the load limit, but it is a cumbersome machine.
      The fire service is about service to our fellow man.
      There is a trust that must not be broken and we are the keepers of that trust.
      Captain Dave LeBlanc


      • #4
        Originally posted by conrad427 View Post
        The IC kinda gets to pick who drives it though.
        Which makes an established SOP all the more important. The OP is in the enviable position of starting on the ground floor, if you will. By setting policy from the get-go, it helps eliminate a certain amount of favoritism, as the chief can only pick someone who meets the criteria set forth.
        Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

        Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.


        • #5
          A couple of our guys attended an ATV training program in west Texas held thru TEEX (Texas Fire Training) earlier this year. They are currently working on developing the SOPs and a training program for our new 6-wheeler as well.

          Shoot me an e-mail at [email protected] and I'll send you a copy when they are completed.
          Train to fight the fires you fight.


          • #6
            Use to the USFS had pretty good training for 4 wheelers --I am sure they have morphed over to training for UTVs also -- ask them.


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