ASTM F1705 - 96(2012)

    Standard Guide for Training Emergency Medical Services Ambulance Operations

    Active Standard ASTM F1705 | Developed by Subcommittee: F30.02

    Book of Standards Volume: 13.02


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    Significance and Use

    This guide provides minimum training guidelines for safe and efficient ambulance operations.

    Ambulance providers and educators should follow this guide for the development of educational and training programs.

    This guide is intended to promote safe and efficient ambulance operations and to reduce morbidity, mortality, and property loss associated with ambulance operations.

    This guide is intended to assist those who are responsible for the development and implementation of policies and procedures for ambulance operations.

    Topics or concepts listed in this guide are intended to serve as an outline of materials to be covered in the training of ambulance operators.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide provides minimum training standards for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Ambulance Operators including legal aspects, operator qualifications and testing, history of EMS vehicle operations, vehicle types/equipment, safety, physical forces, mechanics, pre-run, operations, post-run, and special circumstances.

    1.2 This guide promotes the safe and efficient delivery of the ambulance, equipment, crew, passengers and patients, during all phases of the delivery of EMS involving the ambulance; at all times exercising the highest degree of care for the safety of the public. This guide may be applied to the driving of other EMS vehicles that do not necessarily provide patient transportation.

    1.3 This guide shall be used as the basis for all programs relevant to the training of the emergency medical services operators.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    F1177 Terminology Relating to Emergency Medical Services

    F1230 Specification for Minimum Performance Requirements for Emergency Medical Service (Ems) Ground Vehicles

    F1258 Practice for Emergency Medical Dispatch

    F1517 Guide for Scope of Performance of Emergency Medical Services Ambulance Operations

    Federal Specification

    KKK1822C Federal Specification for the Star-of-Life Ambulance


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 11.020 (Medical sciences and health care facilities in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/F1705-96R12

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