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Emergency Response Driver Programme

Emergency Response Driver Programme

Emergency Response requires specific knowledge and skills to ensure safety during emergency interventions. 

Road safety is a top priority for the transport industry. With more than 85% of all road accidents caused by human error, the key to safer roads is a safer driver.

The IRU Academy Emergency Response Programme increases risk mitigation competencies. It covers risk mitigation techniques and best practices, helping to reduce the number and severity of accidents whilst ensuring that all required safety measures are dully considered when intervening on a scene of an accident. It also addresses the driving techniques to adopt when transporting sick/injured patients to emergency services. 

Who is the course for?

The course is for all drivers involved in emergency response services. It covers general defensive driving aspects but focuses specifically on driver competencies when intervening during on a scene of accident. It also addresses risks that are specific to experienced drivers such as overconfidence.

The course is offered globally through the IRU Academy network of Associate Training Institutes.

What you will learn

  • Improving driving skills 
    Driving a vehicle safely in normal conditions and emergency situations. Application of the adequate speed considering traffic conditions, weather, visibility, road surface, taking care of vehicle properties, the transported passengers and transported equipment. Driving behaviour and pace. 
    • Driving and manoeuvring in limited space and off road. 
    • Driving physics. 
    • General rules for driving with distinctive signals.
  • The theory of defensive and preventive driving 
    • Anticipation of unexpected traffic situations and route planning.
    • Anticipating traffic. 
    • Positioning the vehicle.
    • Applying distinctive sound and light signals. 
    • Taking care about other road users and pedestrians.
  • Dealing with emergency situations  
    • Managing stress in emergency situations.
    • Principles for intervening in emergency.
    • Dealing with road accidents and securing the scene.
    • Understanding first-aid principles.
    • Managing life-threatening situations. 
    • Helping the medical team during emergency medical operation. 
    • Dealing with accident scenes with mass casualties.
    • Driving to hospitals with injured person(s) on board.
  • Rescue vehicle and equipment
    • An introduction to rescue vehicle and their typology.
    • Types of emergency vehicles and units (mobile intensive care unit, paramedic unit, patient transport unit).
    • Vehicles checks, active and passive safety systems, use of safety devices (seatbelt, etc.)
    • Application of patient moving devices. 
    • General awareness in using medical equipment.

Course structure

Training is carried out in a blended format of classroom setting which involves constant interaction among participants through a variety of activities as well as practical driving on closed and open infrastructure. 

It is recommended that the course takes place over two days.

Participants receive the IRU Academy Emergency Driving Certificate when they have completed the programme.

Why train with the IRU Academy?

All IRU Academy training programmes:

  • Integrate best practice
  • Comply with international industry standards 
  • Help harmonise industry professional qualification standards at global level
  • Are designed by industry experts 
  • Guarantee the highest level of quality, consistency and accuracy
  • Are regularly updated to reflect new and amended legislation and latest technical developments