Training for Ambulance and Emergency Vehicle Drivers
EMS departments and ambulance drivers know: In a medical emergency, injured and distressed victims need help fast. However, EMTs and paramedics can only provide life-saving services if they can get to the scene efficiently and safely. Effective training is essential when the stakes are this high.
Safety Above All: Getting Your Ambulance Drivers and EMTs to the Scene
When time is of the essence, drivers face extreme pressure to maneuver a cumbersome vehicle—like an ambulance or fire truck—while keeping safety as their primary goal. EMS personnel and ambulance drivers face myriad hazards on the road like distracted drivers, adverse weather/road conditions, and inattentive cyclists and pedestrians. Factor in the high-stakes, emotional, adrenaline-fueled task at hand, and you’re making a big ask of your emergency vehicle drivers. It’s essential that ambulance drivers receive realistic training to both manage their vehicles and keep a cool head, so they can safely and quickly get to the people who need them.
Once on the scene, EMS responders need to be prepared to evaluate an incident, identify hazards, determine a course of action, and clearly communicate the plan—often under difficult conditions. Furthermore, EMS personnel need experience with constantly re-evaluating their plans if the initial course of action is not working. It takes real experience to build real skills, and knowing how to get it done is as important as knowing what to do.
Review, Assess, and Adjust With VITALS
Effective training programs don’t just develop traditional core competencies; they also hone situational awareness and vital decision-making skills. An important component of FAAC’s training solution is the VITALS training tool: an interactive student-instructor program that offers after-action review, assessment, and lesson planning. The program records students’ training performance, allowing the instructor and student to assess both skills and decision-making, and incorporate those results into a post-training exercise review. This effective tool also acts as an interactive playbook for the instructor, helping them tailor training practices to students’ needs while meeting training objectives and adhering to department policy.
Continuum of Training for a Comprehensive, Realistic EMS Training Experience
We provide tools for honing good judgment in the heat of the moment, even as a variety of factors and pressures compete for EMS personnel and drivers’ attention.
The Continuum of Training is a complete set of simulators for EMS providers, ambulance drivers, firefighters, law enforcement, and other first responders. FAAC’s inCommand training program is a command-and-control platform with real emergencies in mind. It integrates several networked simulation components for a true, full-cycle, immersive training solution. These solutions convincingly emulate both the physical and emotional realities of a complex scenario—and can loop in Fire and Police for a multi-level, multi-unit, multi-agency experience.
FAAC’s Continuum of Training maximizes the use of simulators and tools and provides complete, comprehensive training. EMS and EMT-specific solutions include:
- EMS and ambulance driver training in the EM-1000 EMS simulator or Custom EMS Cab Simulators
- EMS Response training for situational awareness, decision making, and de-escalation under real-time pressures
- EMS Mobile Training Unit that simplify sharing simulation resources among departments or agencies
FAAC’s Continuum of Training sets your department up for success. A confident, trained, tested, competent EMS provider pays dividends in the field. You can be secure in the knowledge that your department is sending the best possible drivers and emergency medical personnel when a crisis strikes.
Bring Your EMS Department up to Speed With a Custom Training Solution
We don’t just sell simulators; we partner with EMS providers, first responders, and their instructors to develop and create your ideal custom training solution. With FAAC you will be treated as a “Customer for Life” from day one: We will work with you—at your pace—to design, develop, and seamlessly integrate your custom simulation solution into your training procedures. As your policies and challenges evolve over time, so will your EMS simulation training solution.
Prioritize safe, efficient, emergency vehicle driver training; contact us today to discuss a solution that will work for your department’s needs.