Code 3 Driver Training
Each search and rescue
unit in Ventura County has a support vehicle equipped with Sheriff's
emblem, lights and sirens. All personnel driving these vehicles must
receive "Code 3" emergency driving training. The following photos
capture some highlights of the March 2000 Code 3 training. The
practice exercises included "City driving" with lights and sirens,
"collision avoidance" and "obstacle steering".
The Dive Team receives a
briefing from one of the Code 3 instructors.
Dieter has "hurry up and
wait" down to a science.
avoidance" was expanded to include large aircraft landing in our
"Collision avoidance" was
a high speed exercise were the driver would receive last minute
instructions over the radio on (without braking) which way to turn the
vehicle, or sometimes, no instructions were given, which implied the
driver should brake hard once the vehicle passes a given point.
Greg Sanders keeps his
composure while making a high speed sharp left turn and narrowly
misses running over the orange cones. Way to drive Greg!
The Fillmore Team can be
seen huddled in the background as two vehicles navigate through
"obstacle steering", forward then backwards.
Mike Fisher, Deputy Sheriff
and Dive Team member, stops by (while on duty) to check out training
Photos by Dominique