Here in the States the shift from the fall season toward the winter season has started and it won’t be long until many places are blanketed in snow. For the rescue driver this is also a time of shift in preparation and renewed focus on the job at hand. The priorities are always the same; the safe transport of patients and EMTs with a focus on quick response time. During the winter months these goals never change but the methods and practices implemented by the rescue driver do.
: Rescue Driving
When it comes to fire and rescue drivers every second counts. These individuals need all the help they can get for quick operations. The drivers rely on proper information and equipment to do their job in a safe and effective manner. They are looked up to as heroes of their community, therefore it is necessary that they have the proper tools and vehicles at their disposal.
When winter comes to the US, fine dry country roads can quickly change into wet roads that freeze into ice. If it then starts snowing on the road, this does not make matters better. If you as a rescue vehicle driver gets an alarm right then, it can become difficult on the roads. That can delay the precious response time. But there are solutions. Read more here.
What parts in the daily job as a driver of a rescue vehicle will affect the response time? Learn more here
Rescue driver – you train a lot to save lives. Arriving on time at the incident scene helps you to do that. You are always trying for the shortest dispatch time as possible. Learn more about the new e-training for better vehicle traction
When we recently exhibited at the "Fire and Rescue Fair in Västervik" (in Sweden), we did get many questions about Onspot. One of the questions were "can automatic tire chains be used in the summer"? Want to know more about the firefighters' questions and their experiences with automatic tire chains? Read more here
When saving lives you have to be on site as a rescue vehicle driver. It comes with the job. In the colder parts of the year that can be a challenge. Read about the options here.
Response time is critical for the rescue driver. Once a call is dispatched the clock starts. It now rests upon the driver to arrive on scene (and in some instances leave the scene) as quickly and safely as possible. No doubt being prepared is critical. Read more here.
Do you experience white knuckles when driving in the snow? As a rescue driver, there is someone on the other end of your route relying on your arrival. No matter how nervous you are about the weather, deep down you know that you are about to potentially save a life. So you push through.
All first responders know that when they get the call a quick response time is critical. It contributes to saving lives, containing fires, and ensuring the safety of the community. Fire fighters use various resources at their disposal to accomplish what is needed while ensuring their safety and the safety of those around them.