Foxborough Police Chief Edward O’Leary announced that four members of his department received training at an Emergency Vehicle Operation Course (EVOC) held at the U.S. Coast Guard facility in Bourne on Oct. 10-11.
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.
“This training provided a unique opportunity for Foxborough officers to hone their emergency vehicle driving skills by learning both in the classroom and hands-on in the field,” said Foxborough Town Manager Kevin Paicos. “Officers spend a great deal of time operating cruisers in various road conditions and often at high speeds. We appreciate having this training program – the only of its kind in the state – available to our officers free of charge at a convenient location.”
The Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA), the town’s property and casualty insurance provider, presented the EVOC training. Foxborough 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.