NYFRS is committed to raising and maintaining the standards of driving skills and safety awareness of its members through education and training.
As part of the induction process to the NYFRS, all personnel required to drive undertake a vehicle driving assessment and determine subsequent training requirements. Training for individuals to drive NYFRS vehicles and to use trailers and associated equipment is provided mainly by NYFRS driving instructors.
The Training Section carries out checks on all NYFRS emergency response drivers every five years. Non-operational drivers are required to undertake a periodic Complywise assessment named Driving Awareness. This assessment will be annual for higher mileage drivers (over 1,000 miles per annum) and 3 yearly for lower mileage drivers (up to 1,000 miles per annum). The driver will have 2 attempts to achieve the 80% pass mark and failure to achieve a pass will result in the driver being referred to the Driver Training Department for remedial development.
All Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) and Emergency Response Driving (ERD) instructors are registered to the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) voluntary register for LGV instructors. NYFRS ERD instructors take an advanced test of driving ability and register with the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) after attending the ERD instructor course. They are also part of the DVSA Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) register for car instruction.
The Training Section produces an annual driver training programme for courses requested, which commences on 01 January. The programme also allows for urgent training requirements which may not have been foreseen. The Training section actively monitors the outcomes of courses and assessments and amends the proficiency criteria as required to meet the needs of NYFRS.
The process for training is given in the schematic: