Emergency vehicle drivers have in their care, custody and control most of the major assets possessed by your organization (the vehicle, portable equipment, and personnel). Emergency vehicle drivers should also make every attempt possible to provide due regard for the safety of others. The safe operation of these vehicles, particularly during emergency response, depends greatly on the ability and skills of the driver.
VFIS recommends the following Emergency Vehicle Driver/Operator Requirements be adopted by your organization to reduce the exposure presented by the operation of your emergency vehicles.
Texas Mutual also offers a Sample Distracted Driving Policy. It is your responsibility to get yourself and others to where you are going safely. Avoid activities that will distract you from this responsibility.
With so much, literally riding in the driver's hands, your organization should select drivers based on specific benchmarked criteria. Selecting, training and maintaining good, safe drivers should not be left to chance. Your organization can maximize the good qualities of a driver and minimize any negative aspects, by proactively addressing the key issues of emergency driving and by following the prescribed guidelines provided in the above resources.
ESO WC GROUP
VFIS of Texas