Bedford Police Department Participates in Emergency Vehicle Operator Course

Submitted by the Bedford Police Department

Blue lights flashing on Bedford's newest traffic control unit
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Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno announced that two members of his department received training at an Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) held at the U.S. Coast Guard facility in Bourne on October 15. The free preventative training program was designed to enhance police officers’ driving skills, ensure safety of both officers and the public, and save money on the town’s insurance premiums.

The EVOC comprehensive training program focuses on the safe operation of emergency vehicles. The course includes intensive classroom training followed by hands-on exercises addressing a number of situations regularly encountered while operating emergency vehicles, such as cornering, evasive maneuvers, braking, and backing up. The training enables drivers to become familiar with and practice these extreme driving maneuvers in a safe, off-road setting. The course helps them avoid accidents and become better prepared for real-life emergencies.

According to Chief Bongiorno, “ In today’s modern law enforcement world, police training is just as important as doctors attending medical school or lawyers passing the bar exam. This hands on training allows us the opportunity to train in a realistic, safe environment. It is another way we are training, preparing, and improving the way we work to keep Bedford safe.”

The Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA), the town’s property and casualty insurance provider, presented the EVOC training. Hopkinton participates in this and other no-cost MIIA training and educational courses to enhance employee safety and reduce risk. Upon completion of this and other MIIA risk- and loss-prevention programs, the municipality is eligible to receive insurance premium credits through the MIIA Rewards Programs.

About MIIA
MIIA is the non-profit member-based insurance arm of the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA), insuring nearly 400 cities, towns, and other public entities in the state. In fiscal year 2013, nearly 8,000 city and town employees participated in nearly 400 MIIA-sponsored technical trainings and management seminars offered throughout the state. Member municipalities’ efforts yielded more than $2.5 million of premium credit collectively through the MIIA Rewards incentive program for an 11-year total of $19.8 million. For more information please visit www.emiia.org and www.mma.org.


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