If you have good driving skills and can handle fast driving on busy streets, you might consider becoming an ambulance driver and possibly an attendant. As you are probably aware an ambulance driver transports sick, injured or convalescent individuals. Some ambulance drivers act as assistants or attendants to paramedics so you may require some training in placing patients on stretchers and loading stretchers into ambulances, administering oxygen, removing soiled linens and equipment to maintain sanitary conditions. You may also have to replace supplies as well.
You may be required to report information about accidents or emergencies to hospital personnel or law enforcement individuals. You may be required to restrain violent patients. Being an ambulance driver requires that you are physically fit and ready on a moments notice. You’ll also need to know the roads in your area extremely well. It’s also important to know local languages.
Most ambulance hiring companies do not require any specific education to drive an ambulance, however you’ll have an advantage if you have some college/vocational courses that are important for handling an ambulance. Nevertheless, you must have a formal ambulance driving license. Some states in the U.S. have different requirements for licensing so check what your requirements are. Many ambulance drivers are actually licensed emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Many states require a Basic Life Support certification for ambulance drivers.
The first thing you need to do is secure a driver’s license for driving an ambulance. You’ll need to take a written as well as practical driving exam. A driver’s education course should be taken (not required in all states) to introduce safety concepts. Your state department of motor vehicles (DMV) carry the licensing requirements for new ambulance drivers as well as how to study for the exam. You should have a clean driving record meaning no moving/traffic violations involving driving under the influence.
Next, you should get a CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certification and BLS (basic life support) certification. An EMT will have these courses behind them, but if you aren’t an EMT you’ll need the CPR and BLS coursework and certificate to drive ambulance. These courses are offered at the American Red Cross, community colleges and online.
Depending on the ambulance company you work for, they may require an Emergency Vehicle Course (EVOC) certificate. This coursework is a combination of classroom and practical training. You’ll learn materials such as navigation and GPS, safe driving and legal requirements for being an ambulance driver. This course generally requires that you have one year of emergency vehicle experience before you can take it and get certified.