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.
1.1 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.
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.
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