In a typical work setting, ambulance drivers:
- Almost always work as part of a team of emergency response professionals.
- Have a medium level of social interaction. Ambulance drivers work with emergency medical technicians (EMTs), hospital workers, and dispatchers.
- Are extremely responsible for patients' health and safety.
- Communicate often with others by phone and in person.
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- Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other workers.
- Sometimes deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals.
Physical Work Conditions
- Often wear a special uniform.
- Often are exposed to diseases and infections.
- Work both indoors and outdoors.
- Occasionally are exposed to contaminants.
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- Sometimes wear protective or safety attire such as latex gloves.
- Occasionally are exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- Are occasionally exposed to very hot or cold temperatures.
- Work in and drive an ambulance.
- Work physically close to patients.
- Sometimes must deal with individuals who may be aggressive or physically violent.
- Must fully complete and be exact in their work. Errors could have serious effects on patients' health.
- Make decisions that affect patients and coworkers on a regular basis. They may have to make snap decisions when driving without talking to a supervisor first.
- Usually consult a supervisor before determining daily tasks and goals.
- Must meet strict weekly deadlines.
- May work full time or part time.
- May work days, evenings, nights, or weekends.
- May work 24-hour shifts.