INDIANAPOLIS – Most Hoosiers aren’t thinking about winter yet, but drivers for Indy Snow Force are already getting ready.
On Tuesday, drivers began their annual “Master Plow Training” course. Over the next few weeks, drivers will re-familiarize themselves with the city’s snow removal and ice control measures by reviewing routes, salt application procedures and plow use and safety.
Master Plow Training will run from Sept. 17 through Oct. 4. The program combines classroom instruction with hands-on experience in trucks.
DPW Director Lori Miser said the training is critical in keeping Indianapolis residents safe during the winter. Indy Snow Force has 180 drivers and can run trucks 24 hours a day, seven days a week if necessary to plow more than 6,000 miles of city streets. More than 150 pieces of equipment, including 98 trucks, can be called in response to a snow event. When snow totals six or more inches, the city may use contractors to help with residential areas.