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Crew safety depends on other motorists
quickly identifying your approaching ambulance in any environmental condition: day
and night, rain, snow or low light conditions.
New standards recommend increasing retroreflective striping by 25% on the front and
50% on each side. 3
The rear of the vehicle should be equipped
with retroreflective striping that forms a
downward-sloping chevron pattern and covers 50% of rear-facing surfaces. For maximum visibility, red with alternating fluorescent
yellow or yellow-green stripes are the recommended colors.
Although this guideline is gradually being
applied in the U.S., European ambulances
have met these standards for years. The use of
high-visibility color schemes on ambulances
and bright reflective safety clothing are commonplace outside the U.S.
TRAINING & PROCEDURES
Ambulance safety doesn’t just happen; it
requires a thoughtfully planned strategy. The
fundamental goal is to reduce accidents and
injuries through training and re-education.
Driving an emergency vehicle is dangerous
and the physical dynamics are complex. All
providers, regardless of their age, experience
or maturity, should be trained on operating
an emergency vehicle.
A well-designed training program should
include classroom time, behind-the-wheel
training and testing. Drivers should have an
annual refresher training and baseline medical exam to verify their ability to physically
operate an ambulance.
Establishing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for emergency vehicles is a
must. SOPs provide direction and outline
expectations on how these very expensive
mobile emergency rooms should be driven
Although vehicle monitoring, warning
and report-generating systems are effective,
it still takes SOPs to establish and maintain
operational compliance. Written guidelines
should include: intersection approach, maximum response speeds, driver responsivities,
backing guidelines, warning device usage and
Each accident and near miss should be
fully investigated by a safety committee to
establish the root cause and determine what
corrective action is needed to avoid future
injuries or damages.
Modern ambulances are high-tech machines;
a comprehensive maintenance plan is essential
to the safety of the occupants. Treat vehicle
maintenance as if the life of your crews and
patients depend on it—because it may!
Having a proactive maintenance plan can
prevent emergency run breakdowns, prolong
the life of the vehicle, avoid costly repairs and
reduce costly vehicle downtime.
Your builder should provide a local, reputable warranty service location for their products. Some manufacturers contract with a
local dealership trained in ambulance repair
to perform warranty service. It’s a must that
repairs be performed quickly and correctly
the first time.
Make sure the dealership has emergency
vehicle technicians, compatible replacement
parts, proper facilities and the appropriate
equipment to complete the job. Locate a local
towing service that can safely handle an ambulance when the truck isn’t operable.
IF NOT NOW, WHEN?
Real dangers exist in our current practices. Often, we choose to ignore them and
think that it won’t ever happen to us. The