Section 15250.6. (Amended by Stats. 2009, 4th Ex. Sess., Ch. 10, Sec. 14.)
Cite as: Cal. Veh. Code §15250.6.
(a)A person shall not operate firefighting equipment unless that person has in his or her immediate possession a valid driver’s license for the appropriate class of vehicle operated, or a license issued pursuant to subdivision (b).
(b)The department may issue a restricted driver’s license for the appropriate class of vehicle to a firefighter for the operation of firefighting equipment. The restricted license shall be valid only for operating (1) firefighting equipment within this state, or in another state during a response under a mutual aid pact, or (2) any vehicle for which a class C driver’s license is required.
(c)The restricted firefighter’s license may be issued only to an applicant qualified by examination prescribed and conducted by the department.
The pretrip inspection and driving test required to receive the license shall be the same as required to obtain a license under Section 15250.
The written examination shall be developed by the department with the cooperation of the State Fire Marshal. The department shall include a sufficient number of questions from the examinations required to obtain a license under Section 15250 to ensure that passing the special examination under this section ensures a level of safety comparable to examinations given under Section 15250.
(d)In lieu of a report of medical examination required by Section 12804.9, an applicant for a restricted license issued pursuant to subdivision (b) shall, upon application and every two years thereafter, submit medical information on a form approved by the department.
(e)Upon application for issuance of an original driver’s license pursuant to subdivision (b), or for a renewal of a driver’s license issued pursuant to subdivision (b), a fee of thirty-four dollars ($34), and on and after January 1, 2010, a fee of thirty-nine dollars ($39), shall be paid to the department for a license that will expire on the fifth birthday of the applicant following the date of the application.
(f)A “firefighter” is a person employed as a firefighter by a federal or state agency or by a regularly organized fire department of a city, county, city and county, or district, or registered as a volunteer member of a regularly organized fire department having official recognition of the city, county, city and county, or district in which the department is located.
(g)“Firefighting equipment” means a motor vehicle used to travel to and from the scene of any emergency situation, or to transport equipment used in the control of any emergency situation, and which is owned, leased, or rented by, or under the exclusive control of, a federal or state agency, a regularly organized fire department of a city, county, city and county, or district, or a volunteer fire department having official recognition of the city, county, city and county, or district in which the department is located.
(h)For purposes of the penalties and sanctions prescribed by Article 7 (commencing with Section 15300), the operation of firefighting equipment under a license issued pursuant to subdivision (b) is deemed to be the operation of a commercial motor vehicle.