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Truck Turn-In Procedures

Photo of a FADO Truck turn-in taking place.
Stokes basket operation being performed.

Completion of this Fire Apparatus Driver Operator (FADO) Truck turn-in (three skill stations and a road course) at the Fire Academy will allow the candidate to drive all Class A apparatus in the department fleet including USAR17. Station officers should work with personnel to ensure that those individuals assigned to these specialized units are familiar with their operation. Personnel wishing to become a tower-only driver will complete this FADO Truck turn-in process but only need a Class B license. Those completing the tower-only turn-in who later wish to complete a truck turn-in will need to go through the entire truck turn-in process again.


Prerequisites include:

  • EVOC (MFRI 39-hour class)
  • Aerial Apparatus Operator (MFRI class)
  • Firefighter II (MFSPQB, NPQS, IFSAC, or DOD-IFSAC certification)

Items to be Completed at the Station Prior to Scheduling a Turn-In

Mandatory Checklist of Paperwork (PDF) required for all Turn-In applicants.

The documents in this section are PDFs that open to a new window.

All candidates must bring a Driver's Log (PDF) with a minimum of 10 driving hours completed. Candidates who are retesting must bring Form 51. Additionally, please complete the following:

Refer to the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute website for the most updated professional qualification applications for FADO Tiller (PDF) and FADO Aerial (PDF).

Addition: Make sure the aerial apparatus operator class meets the current date standard as outlined in the Maryland Fire Service Professional Qualifications requirements set by MFRI.

Please provide two copies of the following:

  • Form 330 for a daily check done on the day of the test
  • Driver's license and EVO card, both sides
  • Unofficial MFRI transcript showing Aerial Apparatus Operator

Scheduling a Turn-In

Applicants should review the Sample FADO Truck Skill Cards (PDF) and Checklist of Paperwork (PDF) for the turn-in process prior to scheduling. Once the individual is ready for a turn-in, the station officer should submit a Driver Turn-In Request Form (PDF).

Failure of Skill Stations

If an applicant fails any station, they must remediate at their assigned station and submit a From 51 upon completion. The applicant may then submit a Form 5 to schedule a retest. 

If an applicant fails two stations, remediation will be conducted at the member's station with their company officer. A Form 51 for each skill must be completed by the company officer and the candidate must schedule a retest no earlier than two weeks from the initial test date. Any Form 51s must accompany the candidate on the day of the retest. 


Revised August 18, 2017         


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