Characterizing Ambulance Driver Training in EMS Systems

Reducing ambulance crashes involving human error is a key goal of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). One important way of reducing ambulance crashes is through driver education and training. NHTSA has previously developed an Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC) for Ambulance operators. There are also a number of other courses used throughout the EMS community developed by local systems, states, insurance companies, and others. Unfortunately, there is limited information about the common characteristics and variation in programs nationally. The current proposed research will begin the process of improving EVOC education and training by assessing the status of emergency vehicle operator training programs throughout the United States (U.S). NHTSA plans to conduct a nationally representative survey of EMS systems to learn about what types of training are required, when the training is required, how driving incidents impact driving privileges, initial qualification standards, and other related topics. The results of this project will assist NHTSA in determining the effectiveness of EVOC education and training as well as producing an action plan for improving emergency vehicle operator education and training for ground ambulances.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $290000
    • Contract Numbers:


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Bryson, Dave

    • Performing Organizations:

      C2 Technologies, Inc.

      921 Gallows Road, Suite 1000
      Vienna, VA  United States  22182
    • Start Date: 20140915
    • Expected Completion Date: 20200930
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: Behavioral Safety Research
    • Subprogram: Emergency Medical Services

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01631465
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    • Contract Numbers: DTNH2214F00546
    • Files: RiP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Mar 30 2017 4:45PM