Ambulance Drivers & Attendants
Also called: Ambulance Driver, Driver, EMS Driver (Emergency Medical Services Driver), First Responder
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Ambulance drivers and attendants drive vehicles and assist in transporting sick or injured people. Saving lives requires speed… but never at the cost of control. Drivers and attendants carefully move patients, place them on stretchers, and secure them in the vehicle. They must be ready to administer first aid, such as bandaging a wound or administering CPR to a person in distress. Many of these jobs do not come with flashing lights and sirens, however. People recovering from medical procedures, or who need help getting to and from medical appointments, are also taken care of by ambulance drivers and attendants. These workers often provide reassurance and help calm people in a high state of anxiety. Most candidates entering the field have a high school diploma or equivalent, although it’s not always required. Drivers must have a valid driver’s license, and many jobs require certifications such as Emergency Vehicle Operator, first aid, and CPR. Testing for drug or alcohol use occurs regularly. With additional education and training, an ambulance driver and attendant may become an emergency medical technician – or EMT. This is a job that requires physical strength and patience under pressure. Even though you might need to hurry, you can never rush.
What they do:Drive ambulance or assist ambulance driver in transporting sick, injured, or convalescent persons. Assist in lifting patients.
On the job, you would:
- Remove and replace soiled linens or equipment to maintain sanitary conditions.
- Drive ambulances or assist ambulance drivers in transporting sick, injured, or convalescent persons.
- Report facts concerning accidents or emergencies to hospital personnel or law enforcement officials.
- customer service
Arts and Humanities
- English language
Safety and Government
- public safety and security
- law and government
Education and Training
- teaching and course design
- thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
- listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- looking for ways to help people
- understanding people's reactions
- listen and understand what people say
- communicate by speaking
- do two or more things at the same time
- pay attention to something without being distracted
- quickly decide if you should move your hand, foot, or other body part
- use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Ideas and Logic
- notice when problems happen
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Concern for Others
- Self Control
- Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Helpdesk or call center software
- Computer aided dispatch software
Electronic mail software