New Launch of AoFAQ Level 4 Certificate in Emergency Response Driving (RQF)
The BBC news reported in January that staff at a private ambulance firm only had an hour's training to be an Emergency Response Driver. Commonly referred to as a “Blue-Light” driver, the role of the emergency response driver sometimes involves transferring patients between hospitals and responding to emergencies. If the patient is seriously unwell it can require the use of blue emergency lights. This would involve high speed driving and navigating through difficult road traffic situations. The driver needs to be highly trained in understanding how to handle the vehicle as well as being knowledgeable in road traffic law and its application to Blue-Light driving. They have to minimise the risk to themselves, their patients and the general public.
AoFAQ have therefore been working with experts within UK Emergency Response Training to launch the AoFAQ Level 4 Certificate in Emergency Response Driving.
Emergency response drivers are utilised for ambulances and paramedic services, blood and organ transfer services, armed services and VIP protection.
Along with ensuring patient care, everything on the road can be a potential hazard. Emergency response driving requires outstanding driving skills to allow the Driver to handle a vehicle safely in difficult situations and at high speed. According to the Road Safety Act 2006, ambulance drivers are exempt from certain laws of the road, including the speed limit, providing they are properly trained.
This qualification is designed to provide students who will drive vehicles in a non-response and emergency response situation. The qualification will provide underpinning knowledge of advanced vehicle handling techniques and comprehensive knowledge of road traffic law. The qualification has been designed for those who work in, or who want to work in services that respond to any form of emergency whilst using visual and audible warning systems. These may be in statutory, voluntary capacity or as part of a private enterprise.
The qualification comprises of 4 Units. Consisting of a combination of classroom, assessments and reading totalling 225 hours. Requalification is required on a 3 yearly basis.