Video of Ambulance Crash While Responding – Why responding safely is important

Posted: July 29, 2011 in Amazing Videos

When I joined my EMS department, the first step was to become a driver.  I’m told that back in the day, there really was no driver training in place.  If you had a license, and drove to 1 scene, you were pretty much considered a driver.  Well things have changed a bit since then in my department, but I don’t think this is the case in all departments. 

My training consisted of 3 levels.  Level 1 was only driving back from the hospital, with a driver trainer in the passenger seat.  The purpose of this level was to get comfortable with the size and handling of the vehicle.   We were required to drive at this level for at least 15 return trips from the hospital.  More if the instructors did not feel comfortable with your skills.

Level 2 was responding to a call (non-emergency with no lights & sirens), transport to the hospital (non emergency), and back from the hospital.  This allowed the trainee time to adapt to driving the vehicle with a patient in the back with the crew.  This level was also at least 15 times.

Level 3 was responding “hot” (with lights & sirens) to the scene, hospital, and back.  This allowed the trainee to gain experience on an emergency response with a driver trainer in the passenger seat to assist.  This was also a 15 call level and more if needed.  Lastly, to be driver certified we were all required to get our EVOC certification.

The above video is a true testiment to why a thorough training program is needed for all emergency vehicle drivers.


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