Corporate Risk Reduction – EMS Vehicle Driver Training

Working with the Humber College EMS program and Ontario EMS personnel, CPD has developed a curriculum for Professional E.M.S. drivers and has been delivering this very successful driver training program to Primary Care Paramedic students at Humber College Program for 4 years.

The EMS Driver Training program will be offered over the 2 days of a weekend. The class will be divided into two groups and students will be involved in 4 half day training modules:

DAY 1 : Saturday

  • CPD THINK – The Professional EMS Driver – Classroom Theory Program
  • CPD Practical In Vehicle On Road Training

DAY 2 : Sunday

  • CPD Practical In Vehicle Confined Spaces Training (in Parking Lot)
  • CPD Practical In Vehicle Collision Avoidance Training (in Parking Lot)

The detailed agenda is as follows:

DAY 1: Saturday

8:00 Welcome

• Each participant signs an attendance sheet and takes the ‘Entrance Test’
• Review of the agenda for the next two days and an outline of the day ahead
• Participants are split into two Groups (A & B)

Group A Group B

8:00  – 8:15

Agenda Review

Agenda Review

8:15 – 11:45

Class Room Theory

Practical On Road

11:45 – 12:45

Lunch Lunch

12:45-  4:15

Practical on Road

Classroom Theory

4:15 – 4:30 Review and Debrief

Review and Debrief

CPD THINK – The Professional Driver : Theory Module in Classroom :: 210 minutes

This highly interactive and engaging Driver Theory program is based on the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and will provide the students with the tools and understanding that will lead to a change in their “driver” behavior. Participants learn that the driving environment is constantly changing and that our driver personalities have an immense contribution as to how we interpret information. We all see hazards differently and how we respond to our advancing technology in automobiles and increasing traffic density all contribute to these changes. Techniques used to manage this change can have a significant impact on a driver’s chances of being able to mitigate risk. Through the utilization of basic vision, space and communication skills, drivers learn how they can be effectively applied and reduce the chances of being involved in a collision.

Learning Outcomes: To Understand

  • How attitudes and personality affects driving
  • How to manage conflict / distractions to reduce the risk of collisions while driving
  • How the Highway Traffic Act and the Ambulance Act affects drivers
  • Vehicle dynamics regarding weight transfer and speed
  • How crashes and demerit points affect their lives and values
  • How “Driving Green” helps the environment and impacts Climate Change
  • The defensive driving keys
  • The effects of high risk driving to their image as EMS professionals

Method: Facilitator led self-discovery and socratic methodology.
(Based on the Myers-Briggs Personality Types Indicator)

Audio-visual aids:

Power point presentation “THINK – The Professional Driver”

Driving self-assessment pamphlet

CPD Practical On Road Training in vehicle :: 210 Minutes

Learning Outcomes:
• Cognition: An interactive approach to understanding the role that the brain plays in interpreting what we see, especially in the traffic environment
• The Five Risks: Identifying the five risk areas around a vehicle allows drivers to manage those risk areas and thus avoid potential collisions
• Communication: Driving is a shared experience with others and we must be able to communicate with others on the road in such a way as to help them to make the right choices

Participants will be instructed on the effective techniques for:

• Positioning for best view prior to reversing
• Risk perception
• Mitigating risk
• Patient Empathy, Comfort and Safety
• Communicating with other road users
• Keys of defensive driving
• Green Driving Techniques
• The roll of traffic laws and traffic safety
• Traffic positioning, s-turn, staggered stops etc.…

• All participants will be involved in actual hands-on in-vehicle training; this is where drivers combine all that they have learned. Reverse narration is employed to confirm learning on the road in real traffic situations (rural and expressway).

Participants regroup for Review and Debrief in Classroom :: 15 minutes

• Exit test is administered (Exit Results compared to Entrance Results to identify and recognize Learnings)
• Course evaluation
• Wrap up of the day with confirmation of learning outcomes

DAY 2: Sunday

8:00 Welcome

• Each participant signs an attendance sheet
• Review of the program agenda and an outline of day ahead
• Participants reform into their assigned Groups (A & B)

Group A Group B
8:00 – 8:15 Agenda Review Agenda Review
8:15 – 11:45 Confined Spaces Practical Collision Avoidance Practical
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch Lunch
12:45- 4:15 Collision Avoidance Practical Confined Spaces Practical
4:15 – 4:30 Review and Debrief Review and Debrief
CPD Practical Training in Confined Spaces – Fanshawe Parking Lot :: 210 minutes

Most collisions are due to backing and maneuvering in confined spaces. This program teaches each driver the proper backing and confined space driving techniques for the Class F vehicle. The exercises complement the drivers’ knowledge by providing hands-on experience and each driver gets the opportunity to learn the demonstrated maneuvers. The program provides the tools to enable them to continue to practice their new skills in Fanshawe’s vehicle in the months ahead.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will learn the proper techniques for :

• Scene Protection : Curbside, Driveway, Expressway parking
• Mirror adjustments, blind spots and blind areas
• Pre-check and post-checks
• Depth perception (front and rear)
• Positioning for best view prior to reversing (confined spaces, blind side and sight side)
• Double off-set reversing gates
• Narrowing lane

Location: Fanshawe Parking Lot – Rodeo Area

• Trainer demonstration, self-discovery, hands-on, coaching, participant team teaching, team competition (Rodeo)
CPD Collision Avoidance in-vehicle skid control – Fanshawe Parking Lot :: 210 minutes

This is our most comprehensive program for the professional EMS driver. Drivers will learn and practice “Collision Avoidance Techniques” under every day and adverse driving conditions (skid control/winter driving). This interactive course will build on their understanding of their Driver Personality developed in Day 1 and drivers will be asked to overcome “old” habits by making adjustments to their driving philosophy. In doing so, they are able to develop methods to reduce the risk of being involved in a crisis. When making these adjustments and applying the techniques learned, drivers will think about creating and managing the safest driving environment possible.

Learning outcomes:

• Understanding the critical role vision plays in the operation of a motor vehicle especially in times of panic
• Crash avoidance techniques and skid recovery skills
• A better understanding of a vehicle’s braking system including anti-lock braking (ABS)
• A better perspective of the complex tasks associated with driving
• Understanding that driving requires 100% attention, 100% concentration 100% of the time

Location: Fanshawe Parking Lot – Skid Pad Area

Method: Rolling classroom & CPD’s commentary driving

Participants regroup for Review and Debrief in Classroom :: 15 minutes

• Course evaluation
• Wrap up of the day with confirmation of learning outcomes

Program Delivery Assumptions:

CPD will provide:
 6 MTO Certified Instructors on Day 1 ( 5:1 in vehicle, 25:1 in class)
 11 MTO Certified Instructors on Day 2 (5:1 in vehicle, 1 Site Supervisor)
 Classroom & Outdoor training material (workbooks, grading forms, pylons, alcomer lubricant etc.)
 CPD Course Completion Certificates

Company will provide:
 Classroom to accommodate up to 50 participants
 5 Ambulances and 5 Class F Vehicles
 2 Parking lot areas, each at least 300’ X 100’ (with access to water).