Ambulances and Emergency Vehicle Operations

Emergency vehicle drivers have a major responsibility and control the most major of assets of the organization. Emergency vehicle drivers should make every attempt to provide due regard for the safety of others. Safe operation of emergency apparatus, as well as personal vehicles during an emergency response depends greatly on the ability and skills of the person behind the wheel. Your organizations should select drivers based on certain benchmarks and criteria. Training, selecting and maintaining safe, good drivers should not be taken lightly and should address the following criteria to include, but not limited to: selection criteria for drivers, restrictions on inexperienced drivers, training requirements, disciplinary actions for driving violations, documented preventative maintenance programs, written emergency vehicle response safety guidelines, medical evaluations and accident investigation program. Your organization can maximize the good qualities of a driver and minimize the negative aspects by taking a proactive approach and address the issues of emergency driving and follow the prescribed guidelines, by-laws, SOG's, etc. Your organization should be highly cautious in that the guidelines and procedures developed by your department can be routinely maintained, enforced and monitored. 

Target Audience

This course is intended for those licensed at the EMR level through Paramedic. This course satisfies the requirements for the State of Wisconsin EMT Flexible Refresher Renewal.

Learning Objectives

-Understand the importance of safe vehicle backing practices

-Understand the responsibilities of the driver and the officer of the apparatus

-Understand the importance of vehicle maintenance

-Understand the importance of adhering to state statutes in both personal vehicles and fire/ems apparatus

-Understand who can ride in the ambulance during emergent/non-emergent transports

-Understand the importance of vehicle placement at an accident/fire scene

-Understand the importance of utilizing both visual and audible warning signals

-Understand the importance of driver training and knowledge of apparatus capabilities

-Understand the importance of refraining from utilization of personal electronics while driving emergency apparatus

Course summary
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Advocate Aurora Emergency Medical Services

FR-Flexible content 2.0 hours

EMT-Basic - Operations 2.0 hours

AEMT - Flexible content 2.0 hours

Paramedic - Operational Tasks/Flexible content 2.0 hours

(If the above categories are filled on the flexible refresher template, this course can also be utilized to fulfill flexible content).

Available Credit

  • 2.00 Attendance
    Attendance Credit


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