Emergency Vehicle Training

Operating an emergency vehicle is common among first responders and often dangerous.

While operating emergency vehicles (EV) is a common function among today’s first responders, it is also a dangerous one. The Centers for Disease Control report that between 1991 and 2000, 213 people were incapacitated or killed in ambulance crashes. The United States Fire Administration, the United State Fire Service and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concur that proper training of EV drivers is crucial.

EV Training Courses

Emergency vehicle operators need to understand both the mechanics and operation of their vehicles.

The NTSB, the Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification Commission (EVTCC) and other organizations and agencies offer EV operation training that ensure operators understand their EV and are trained to operate it. Courses focus on such important aspects as operating the EV under various conditions, the operator’s legal responsibilities, understanding the importance of preventive EV maintenance among other topics.

EV Technician Certification

Some agencies offer training for firefighter, police, ambulance drivers and other emergency personnel.

EVTCC emphasizes the importance of EV technicians being properly trained. It is not enough that they understand the vehicle’s mechanics; they need to be trained to operate it in various circumstances and conditions. EVTCC offers certification training to firefighter apparatus technicians, ambulance drivers, airport rescue and firefighters, and law enforcement.

AMR Course

The standard U.S. Department of Transportation curriculum, as offer by American Medical Response, is broken up into three sections. First is classroom instruction, then hands-on driving instruction on a closed course and finally, an assessment of drivers during real-world operations.

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