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EMS 2005 - Emergency Vehicle Operator Course

Credits: 2
Hours/Week: Lecture 1 Lab 2
Course Description: This course provides the knowledge and skill practice necessary for EMS professionals to learn how to safely operate an ambulance in the course of their job. The curriculum adheres to the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration National Standard Curriculum for the Emergency Vehicle Operator (Ambulance) Course. This course may also be used as a refresher for experienced EMS personnel. Please note that it is up to the discretion of the individual emergency agency as to whether they will accept this course in lieu of their own drivers training program.  This course requires current state EMR, AEMT, EMT, or paramedic certification; valid driver’s license; driver’s license check passed according to Minnesota State policy. May enroll concurrently with an Emergency Medical Services provider course at the discretion of the instructor. 
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Basic word processing skills.

Major Content
  1. Introduction ¿ Driving records ¿ Review of course content ¿ Importance of physical and mental fitness ¿ Personal appearance and hygiene Legal aspects of ambulance operations ¿ Types of regulations ¿ Policies working together ¿ Due regard for safety ¿ True emergency situation ¿ Negligence ¿ Abandonment ¿ Good Samaritan provision ¿ Patient rights
  2. Legal aspects of ambulance operations ¿ Types of regulations ¿ Policies working together ¿ Due regard for safety ¿ True emergency situation ¿ Negligence ¿ Abandonment ¿ Good Samaritan provision ¿ Patient rights
  3. Communication and reporting rules and responsibilities ¿ Operator reporting requirements ¿ Critical operator information ¿ Radio frequencies ¿ Composing messages ¿ Plain English ¿ Phonetic alphabet ¿ Broadcasting techniques
  4. Ambulance types and operation ¿ Ambulance types ¿ Vehicle size and weight ¿ Visibility
  5. Ambulance inspection, maintenance, and repair ¿ Quick check ¿ Full check ¿ Documentation ¿ Repair requests
  6. Navigation and route planning ¿ Route planning ¿ Map reading ¿ Choose routes ¿ Area familiarization ¿ Vehicle clearance
  7. Basic maneuvers and normal operating situations ¿ Road surfaces and conditions ¿ Fright ¿ Centrifugal force ¿ Stopping distance ¿ Defensive driving ¿ Parking ¿ Backing
  8. Operations in emergency mode and unusual situations ¿ Emergency signaling devices ¿ Speed ¿ Driving against traffic ¿ Adverse conditions ¿ Crash avoidance ¿ Parking on emergency scenes
  9. Safety and special considerations ¿ Families of patients ¿ Haz-mat scenes ¿ Fire ¿ Crowds ¿ Violent acts ¿ Placement of warning devices
  10. The run ¿ Pre-run activities ¿ Operational activities ¿ Post-run activities

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate communication guidelines for receiving messages.
  2. demonstrate communication guidelines for sending messages
  3. discuss types of laws that apply to ambulance operation.
  4. explain communication roles and responsibilities.
  5. explain how size and weight affects the operation and control of an ambulance.
  6. explain how specific laws apply to ambulance operation.
  7. identify ambulance operator selection requirements
  8. identify types of ambulances.
  9. interpret hand signals.
  10. list the operator¿s responsibilities for vehicle inspection.
  11. conduct pre-run, operational, and post-run activities.
  12. demonstrate crash avoidance techniques.
  13. demonstrate driving skills that affect the ride quality.
  14. demonstrate how to park in emergency and non-emergency conditions.
  15. demonstrate placement of warning triangles, cones, and flares.
  16. discuss problems associated with adverse driving conditions.
  17. ensure passenger safety.
  18. explain how road construction and engineering factors affecting ambulance control and ride quality.
  19. explain the procedure for handling ambulance fires.
  20. identify factors used for route planning.
  21. list the operator¿s responsibilities for vehicle maintenance and repair.
  22. maintain a safety cushion around the ambulance.
  23. navigate an obstacle course designed to test driving skills.
  24. navigate to a given location.

Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)

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