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Emergency medical personnel are among the most crucial first responders. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety of EMS drivers and of their passengers is more important than ever.

So how can employers and trainers make sure their drivers are ready for the road? Simulation training is a popular method to increase driver skills, but how does the system help EMS drivers specifically? NextGen Driver Training, a preferred provider of advanced technology driver training for EMS drivers, has three simple answers to the question.

Improve Safety

EMS driving is dangerous. From 1993 to 2010, the number of U.S. EMS technicians killed by ambulance collisions were 2-4 times higher compared to other occupations.

Traditional classroom and post-CDL training for EMS drivers lack the experience of operating an ambulance at high speeds while managing life-and-death emergencies. NextGen’s high-fidelity simulation training prepares drivers through realistic simulations of dangerous scenarios.

With simulated training, drivers learn to maneuver safely and quickly despite visibility challenges, heavy traffic, ice, gridlock, multi-vehicle collisions, and road closures. They can replay, speed up, slow down, or reverse scenarios. Also, they can study their driving from various viewpoints and see performance data in real-time.

Leading companies find that safe, customizable, and adaptable training is helping to lower their collision rates and save lives.

Reduce Costs

An EMS simulator is equipped with every control a driver is expected to use in an EMS vehicle. That means it eliminates many operating costs by getting rid of the need for a training ambulance, fuel, or practice space. Tires, gasoline, tune-ups, or licensing won’t be necessary. And you can forget about risk and safety concerns during training. Simulators pose no danger to property, equipment, instructors, or trainees.

You’ll also save when you accrue fewer labor hours planning and implementing traditional training. Best of all: simulator training won’t take drivers off the road for days and weeks at a time.

Smart companies can use savings like these to meet their goals, from logistics systems improvements to fleet upgrades.

Retain the Best Drivers

EMS simulation training can help companies lower turnover rates among their most talented drivers. Burnout and stress is a leading cause of EMS driver turnover. Companies using simulation training can address stress head-on and improve retention at the same time. Simulators make more confident, comfortable drivers. Learning in safe environments, evaluating their skills objectively, and focusing on the skills they need reduce anxiety and increase confidence.

If you’re looking for ways to improve safety, lower costs, and retain EMS drivers, simulation training might be right for you. Please contact us to find out how you can use NextGen Driver Training to retool your training programs to optimize your savings and employee skills.