Highway Patrol

Recruit Class 47 Week 16

January 30 - February 03, 2006

On Monday, January 30th, 2006 Recruit Class 47 began week 16 of the Highway Patrol Academy. Emergency Vehicle Operation Control was the subject matter for this week. Sergeant Darrell Welch from Rapid City, was TAC Sergeant for the week. Various Troopers from across the state came to Pierre to instruct us on Emergency Vehicle Operation. Our instructors for the week were as follows: Trooper Tim Boomsma; Madison, Trooper Devrin Clark; Mitchell, Trooper Jeff DeVaney; Aberdeen, Trooper Tom Hannan; Selby, Trooper Randy Hofeldt; Pierre, Trooper Trent Heuertz; Webster, Trooper Dennis Mez; Belle Fourche, Trooper Adam Timmins; Jefferson, Trooper Robert Whisler; Sioux Falls, and Trooper Matt Wosje; Hot Springs.

On Monday, at 0745 hours Sergeant Welch conducted our uniform and room inspections. We proceeded to the classroom where Sergeant Welch, Trooper Jeff DeVaney and Trooper Trent Heuertz instructed us on the basic control operations of Emergency Vehicles.

Tuesday, January 31st, began at 0600 hours with PT. We started with pushups and sit-ups in the parking lot and finished PT for the morning by running approximately 4 miles. Room inspections were once again performed at 0745 by Sergeant Welch. At 0800 hours we met at the Emergency Vehicle Operation Control (EVOC) range, where we were all allowed to pick an EVOC car to use for the week. EVOC cars are retired patrol cars that are now used for EVOC training. We were split into 4 groups and each group was assigned with a different station, eitherVehicle Placement, Brake-Turn-Brake, Slalom or Light Anticipation. Each group completed 2 of the stations on the first day. Tuesday evening we returned to the EVOC range at 1745 hours to maneuver through the courses at night.

On Wednesday, February 1st, we started the day with PT at 0600 hours. PT was comprised of calisthenics and van pushing. After another wonderful breakfast and room inspections we headed back out to the EVOC range where we began driving through the last 2 courses. We had some environmental factors to overcome on Wednesday as well, when it began to rain. The rain caused the course to become slick which in turn made maneuvering throughout the different stations a little more difficult. At 1830 hours we returned to the EVOC range again for night driving.

Thursday, February 2nd, began with PT at 0600 hours. After some warm up calisthenics we ran approximately 4 miles, upon completion of the run we did some more calisthenics. After breakfast and room inspections we reported back out to the EVOC range at 0800. We were all required to perform the "Grand Finale", which consists of all 4 driving stations. All the stations are consolidated into 1 station, which must be completed under a certain time with no driving errors. We also drove the "Skid Car", which simulates realistic situations we will face in our emergency vehicles. The skid car uses a computer operated device which causes the vehicle to lose control by lifting it off the ground. In the afternoon, we deployed spikes to deflate tires. After deploying the spikes we had the privilege of pushing the EVOC car with 3 flat tires to the tire changing station. We also practiced emergency vehicle turnarounds and median crossovers.

On Friday, February 3rd, we met for room inspection at 0745 hours. We gathered in the Highway Patrol vans and commenced at 0800 hours at the EVOC range. We found the final day of EVOC to be one of the most exciting. We pursued EVOC instructors in excess of 100mph throughout the EVOC range. At 1100 hours we picked up the EVOC range and drove the EVOC cars back to the Highway Patrol shop. At 1300 hours we reported to the classroom where we took our Emergency Vehicle Operation Control Test given by Trooper Jeff DeVaney.

Week 16 was a lot of fun and we all enjoyed the week outside smelling the burning engines and tires. Thanks to all the instructors who made this week a success.


Photo Gallery

Highway Patrol Skid-Car driven by Recruit Jesse Place.
Highway Patrol Skid-Car driven by Recruit Jesse Place.

TAC Sergeant of the week, Sergeant Darrell Welch.
TAC Sergeant of the week, Sergeant Darrell Welch.

Trooper Matt Wosje instructing on proper Skid-Car handling.
Trooper Matt Wosje instructing on proper Skid-Car handling.

Pursuit Driving: Recruit Brady Fox pursuing an EVOC instructor.
Pursuit Driving: Recruit Brady Fox pursuing an EVOC instructor.

Pursuit Driving: Recruit Chandra Bonnema pursuing an EVOC instructor.
Pursuit Driving: Recruit Chandra Bonnema pursuing an EVOC instructor.

Trooper Jeff DeVaney instructing us in the classroom on Emergency Vehicle Operation.
Trooper Jeff DeVaney instructing us in the classroom on Emergency Vehicle Operation.

Recruit Eric Paxton changing a tire on an EVOC car.
Recruit Eric Paxton changing a tire on an EVOC car.

Recruit accelerating around corner.
Recruit accelerating around corner.

Recruit Brady Fox accelerating on gravel road.
Recruit Brady Fox accelerating on gravel road.

Sunrise at EVOC range.
Sunrise at EVOC range.