Blue Light Driver Training (Emergency Services Only)
Emergency vehicle training is not available to the general public for obvious reasons. Anyone falsely trying to get Blue Light training may be reported to the Police for possible prosecution.
High Speed Driver Training Courses for Emergency Responders
Emergency Response drivers have to be trained within the law, by persons with the experience to do this. All of our response and emergency service training, including instructor training is carried out by professional driver trainers, DSA ADIs, Fleet Registered Trainers who have worked in the emergency services and used the speed limit exemptions at the highest level as drivers.
Response and Blue Light Driver Training for Police, Ambulance, Fire services etc is a very specialised field. With new proposals, speed limit exemptions may be introduced for Mountain Rescue, Bomb Disposal, Coastguard, Lifeboat crews and Organ and Blood transporters, among others (News 27/11/2012 – Speed Limit Exemptions).
Updated: Though we have provided training for blue light response drivers in the use of speed exemptions in the past, we have decided that we will no longer be able to provide this training. It is our belief that most of these courses, especially those provided outside the Police and NHS by contract providers such as ourselves, will not satisfy the requirements of the Section 19 code of conduct when enacted. If you are searching for emergency response training, we recommend that you contact the body under whose authority you are responding. If using a private sector training provider, ensure that courses are externally assessed and that both trainer and assessor hold the relevant qualifications and experience.
Search and Rescue 4×4 Response Driving
We still regularly run off-road driver training courses which we have tailored specifically for the emergency response and search and rescue organisations we work with. Many organisations and services are using 4x4s and ATVs – we are specialists in these vehicles and have devised specific response courses for them. All of this training is modular and designed to dovetail into the Roadcraft system of car control whether on motorways or mountains.
We also run 4×4 and ATV instructor training for emergency service trainers and response teams.
More info on blue light driving:
There has for many years been discussions about how Blue Light Training for ambulance, police and similar drivers be carried out. Various guidance documents have been produced, such as the DSAs Blue Light Users Document (pdf guidelines for emergency response drivers), but the High Speed Driver Competency and Training document from the Joint Emergency Services High Speed Driver Training Advisory Group seems to be accepted as the basis for a code of practice (from the Department for Transport consultation on Section 19). ACPO and the College of Policing have a basic outline for training College of Policing 2014: Driver Training.
There are also National Occupational Standards for: Preparing and Driving Patrol and Response Units, Driving, Manoeuvring and Re-Deploying Fire and Rescue Vehicles, Providing Vehicle Escorts for the Safe Passage of Other Road Users, Driving Fire And Rescue Service Vehicles and Driving Vehicles to Protect People or Goods at Risk. Our training courses are designed to comply with all of these guidelines where required.
If you would like more information about Emergency Response and Blue Light Driver Training, please contact us: