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Ambulance driving – it’s not all fun and games

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Hatzala Beit Shemesh at the Ariel Boys Parade

You all see the flashing lights and hear the sirens. Yeah, it’s an adrenaline rush. But it’s not all fun and games.

Every year, we hear about dozens of stories, such as this one, where emergency vehicle drivers are involved in deadly accidents. It’s sad when someone who works or volunteers as an ambulance driver is arrested due to an often avoidable accident.

Hatzala Beit Shemesh has 3 ambulances, 24x7, for the RBS community
Driving ambulance is an enormous responsibility. We spend many hours ensuring our drivers are trained to do it safely.

Driving an emergency vehicle is a huge responsibility. From pedestrians to other vehicles, it’s the ambulance driver who is ultimately responsible.

Here at HBS, we have a training module which grades each driver before they are permitted to drive an ambulance in an emergency. Throughout the process, HBS drivers are observed by experienced drivers who grade them on their attention to the road, their driving skills, their ability to maintain situational awareness as well as other important areas.

We do this to ensure our equipment, team and most of all our patients, get to the hospital in a timely and safe manner.

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