Ambulance Drivers

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Ambulance Drivers

Ambulance Drivers - Overview

Ambulance drivers transport patients who are sick, injured, or recovering.

Ambulance drivers transport patients to facilities such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Homes
  • Rehabilitation facilities

Ambulance drivers respond to calls from dispatchers who send them to the scene of an emergency. They may help emergency medical technicians (EMTs) put patients on stretchers and into ambulances. Sometimes they help to administer first aid. They may report information about an accident or an emergency to police or hospital staff.

Ambulance drivers deal with varying traffic conditions. They goal is to keep patients and EMTs safe while getting to an emergency site or hospital as quickly as possible. They must drive carefully in order to avoid sudden motions that might be harmful to patients.

After patients are delivered to a hospital, ambulance drivers clean and decontaminate their ambulance. They keep an inventory and replace medical and other supplies as needed.

Drivers take classes to keep their driving and first aid skills up to date.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.