EVOC: Emergency Vehicle Operator Course Series

EMS1 Academy has released a new course series, Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC), which is designed to enhance the ability for first responders to identify the importance of proper training for emergency vehicle operations. With this series, students will deal with the many dynamic forces of nature and physics, which will work both for and against the safe operation of emergency vehicles.

This eLearning experience provides personnel with the knowledge necessary to operate and mitigate the many risks associated with driving emergency vehicles. These training courses have a variety of requirements and opportunities out there for any driver or department with a desire to promote safety and effectiveness.

EVOC is a five-part series that includes the following courses:

  • Emergency Vehicle Driving Requirements
  • This 30-minute course explains the importance of emergency vehicle driving, the impact of vehicle accidents to you and the organization, responsibilities for safe emergency vehicles operations, and the factors that contribute to an incident involving emergency vehicles. Learners will take away an essential understanding of the complexities of driving under emergency conditions, the hazards of intersections and finally the risks of backing apparatus and vehicles.

  • Selecting the Proper Personnel for Driving Emergency Vehicle
  • This 30-minute course will explain that proper personnel selection procedures are the first steps in developing an effective, safe emergency vehicle driver program. It will also define the legal aspects of emergency vehicle operations. And why it is necessary to have standard operating guidelines.

  • Emergency Vehicle Characteristics
  • This 30-minute course will focus on vehicle features that the Emergency Vehicle Driver should know. The course will define the various types of Emergency Vehicle Inspections and maintenance programs a department must have set-up. The course will also focus on the different weight distribution factors and center of gravity when driving these emergency vehicles.

  • Emergency Vehicle Driving Dynamics
  • This course will focus on the dynamics of how to drive an emergency vehicle and stay safe in the process. It will focus on how to prevent Emergency Vehicle Roll Over and Vehicle Dynamics and Physical Forces effect the operation of these types of vehicles.

  • Emergency Vehicle Driving Techniques
  • This 1-hour module will cover all the techniques needed to maintain the highest level of safety possible. It also includes how to prepare for unexpected situations and conditions which can adversely affect emergency vehicle operation. As well as defensive driving techniques that include space management, following distance and rate of closure, hazard identification and correct braking techniques to name a few tactical skills.