FARMINGTON -- Operating an emergency vehicle under the pressures of having to respond to a life-threatening situation takes more than just reviewing a driver's manual and taking a written test.
To keep driving sharp, the Davis County Sheriff's Office has worked out an agreement with the Utah Transit Authority to use one of its larger park-and-ride lots to conduct emergency vehicle operations training, Davis County Sheriff Chief Deputy Kevin Fielding said.
The Davis County Commission on Tuesday approved a two-year agreement between the two agencies. No exchange of money is involved in the agreement.
The training will take place in the 70-acre UTA park-and-ride lot at 1250 S. State St., Clearfield, UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter said.
"It is a very large property," Carpenter said.
That particular park-and-ride lot is immediately east of the FrontRunner commuter rail station in Clearfield, he said.
Away from the station, Carpenter said, UTA has established room for a low-speed driving skills course using traffic cones. There, sheriff's deputies will be able to test their driving skills in their emergency vehicles, he said.
The course will be made available to the sheriff's office upon its providing UTA officials with advanced notice, he said.
"This is part of that partnering that we are always trying to encourage," Carpenter said.
UTA is making the skills course available to all area law enforcement agencies, Carpenter said, but to date only the county has expressed an interest in using the course.
In the past, UTA also has provided a similar driving skills course at its Woods Cross park-and-ride lot for Woods Cross and Bountiful Police, he said.
The sheriff's office conducts emergency vehicle operations training on a regular basis, Davis County Sheriff's Sgt. Susan Poulsen said.