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Emergency Response Driving


A specialist, intensive training programme providing the necessary skills for emergency response drivers. The programme covers the three elements of the core competencies set out by the emergency services, Ministry of Defence and the Driving Standards Agency, these being:

  • Assessing the need for emergency response
  • Driving safely in response to emergencies
  • Driver essential attitudes

All trainers hold the police class 1 driving instructors certificate.

Who will benefit?

Organisations employing drivers who use blue lights and audible warning devices, wishing to maximise the safety of their employees, passengers and other road users and comply with the latest legislation. Fire, Police, Ambulance, Rescue, Military EOD, Customs & Excise and drivers of vehicles who are infrequent responders (BASICS Doctors or private ambulances).

Objectives of the course

Teach an in-depth knowledge of:

  • The skills of defensive driving
  • Hazard perception
  • Roadcraft
  • Highway Code
  • The human aspects of Police driving (essential for all emergency response drivers)
  • The organisations specific emergency response instructions and procedures
  • Legal exemptions

What’s covered?

  • Assessment for the need for emergency response
  • Legal requirements and compliance with organisations procedures and regulations
  • Continual assessment and adjustment of driving speed, road and traffic conditions and urgency of the response
  • Driving within the limitations of the driver and the vehicle
  • How human factors (attitude, fatigue, stress, etc,) can affect behaviour and performance.
  • The impact of physiological changes on judgement and decision making
  • Extensive practice in varied locations, road and driving conditions
  • The effective use of emergency audible and visual warning systems
  • Positioning of the vehicle
  • Communications equipment
  • De-brief, assessment report and time sensitive certificate

All courses tailored to the individual drivers needs.

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