Vehicle training for emergency service personnel is a specialist job, and Beyond Driving have been involved with providing blue light users and instructors with training for over a decade.
Our work normally falls outside the remit of section 19, covering the use of 4x4 vehicles, ATVs and other licence categories, as well as winch operation, from training paramedics to drive category C1 vehicles, to training instructors within rural crime units on All-Terrain Vehicles.
We have worked with Police forces across the UK, Fire and Rescue services, Ambulance and HART teams, as well as a wide variety of volunteers from Mountain Rescue and Search and Rescue organisations. In every instance, we work with candidates and instructors to build on the incredible skills they already have.
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.
Blue Light Awareness Courses
Many drivers within response and volunteer organisations throughout the UK use vehicles fitted with blue lights for those times when they are asked by the emergency services to provide specialist response and rescue capabilities. All drivers are required to undertake training in the use, and effect on other road users, of the blue lights on their vehicles prior to using them. Our courses are run by RoSPA Accredited trainers and have been used by the Coastguard, Mountain Rescue and St John's Ambulance. Designed to improve drivers' understanding of the legal framework, as well as the psychological effects both on themselves and other road users, our courses are an ideal baseline for all response drivers.
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 including the use of speed limit exemptions, we recommend that you contact the body under whose authority you are responding.
Search and Rescue 4x4 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. Beyond Driving have provided training to Mountain Rescue and NHS HART teams throughout the UK, as well as numerous 4x4 response groups.
We also run 4x4 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 High Speed Driver Competency and Training document from the Joint Emergency Services High Speed Driver Training Advisory Group, which 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 an excellent outline for training - College of Policing 2014: Driver Training targe: _blank, as do the London Ambulance Service 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, amongst others. Our training courses are designed to comply with all of these guidelines where required. More details of the current NOS for response drivers can be found through Skills for Justice and Skills for Fire and Rescue.
If you would like more information about Emergency Response and Blue Light Driver Training, please contact us: