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Nomination Period Open for Annual EVT Award

Chief officers are encouraged to submit an emergency vehicle technician for Firehouse’s annual EVT award for service that goes above and beyond.

August 29, 2019 News

Firehouse, in partnership with the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA), is encouraging chief officers to submit their nominations for the 2019 Emergency Vehicle Technician (EVT) of the Year award.

The job of an EVT is technical, complicated and dangerous as they work to keep vehicles on the road to respond to the next emergency. Walk through the apparatus maintenance shop today and you’ll find an assortment of digital equipment, electronic diagnostics gear and computers alongside traditional mechanical tools that EVTs use on emergency vehicles.

In 1988, the Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification program was introduced to elevate the standards of emergency vehicle maintenance and the personnel performing the work. To nationally recognize the EVTs’ dedication, the Emergency Vehicle Technician of the Year Award was created in 2003 to raise awareness of the vital role these individuals play in fire and emergency services.

“Over the past 15 years, we have heard many stories of EVTs studying and earning EVT and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications on their personal time,” EVT of the Year Coordinator Janet Wilmoth said. “Continued training and education through local EVT associations, national conferences and manufacturers’ programs is critical to EVTs and the evolving technology in fire and emergency apparatus today.”

The selection criteria are focused on leadership, professional development, integrity and a commitment to the safe operation of emergency vehicles for responders and the community. The nomination letter should emphasize a nominee’s implementation of safe procedures, advanced education in the field and service above and beyond.

Anyone can nominate an EVT that meets the following criteria:

  • Be a member in good standing of a state or local EVT association as of Jan. 1, 2019.
  • Have at least five (5) years full-time employment in the maintenance of emergency vehicles.
  • Be working toward or passed any of the Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification Commission tests.
  • Be working toward or passed any of the Automotive Service Excellence tests.
  • Foster professionalism through participation in a local, state or provincial maintenance/emergency vehicle technician association.
  • Adhere to the education of safety practices and procedures in his/her profession.

“Without us, the pride don’t ride” was the mantra of fire apparatus mechanics in the early 1990s. As more electronic components appear on fire apparatus and demand new skills, coupled with the legal liability of unsafe apparatus and unknown carcinogens lurking inside apparatus and ambulances, emergency vehicle technicians do their job so you can do yours. Show your appreciation for their commitment and nominate your EVT.

The 2019 EVT of the Year Award is sponsored by Spartan Motors and will be presented at the FDSOA’s Fire Apparatus, Safety and Maintenance Conference, Jan. 13-15 in Scottsdale, AZ.

Nomination procedures

A letter nominating the EVT and explaining why he or she is nominated for this award, as well as any supporting information, should be e-mailed to by Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Please include the nominee’s email and mailing address.

A nominee previously submitted can be entered again.

The nominee will be advised that they have been nominated for an award and will be asked to provide the following information: name; department; phone number; email address and permit of the use of their photo and name for promotion purposes.

A select panel of judges will review all nominations and jointly select the winners. The winner will be notified by Dec. 16. All nominees will be notified by e-mail of the results.

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