The EVOC Provider Course consists of two course modules, Module A & Module B. Students must successfully complete both modules to receive the course completion certificate.
EVOC Module A
Module A is approximately eight hours of classroom or hybrid-based education that covers the laws, science, and techniques for operating an ambulance in both nonemergency and emergency modes.
EVOC Module A includes the subject matter covered in the NHTSA Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (Ambulance): National Standard Curriculum text.
Module A lessons
- Lesson 1 - Introduction to the National Standard Curriculum for Ambulance Operators
- Lesson 2 - Legal Aspects of Ambulance Operations
- Lesson 3 - Communication and Reporting Rules and Responsibilities
- Lesson 4 - Ambulance Types and Operation
- Lesson 5 - Ambulance Inspection, Maintenance, and Repair
- Lesson 6 - Navigation and Route Planning
- Lesson 7 - Basic Maneuvers and Normal Operating Situations
- Lesson 8 - Operations in Emergency Mode and Unusual Situations
- Lesson 9 - Safety; Special Considerations
- Lesson 10 - The Run
EVOC Module A should provide instruction on general information as well as company specific information. It is recommended that EMS providers include additional information such as company driving rules and procedures, company fleet vehicle types, driving related safety practices, inspection and maintenance procedures, and insurance requirements. Upon completion of the classroom content, participants will complete a multiple-choice test covering the content of Module A. The passing score for the course exam is 70%.
EVOC Module B
Module B is designed to provide participants hands-on ambulance operator demonstration and practice on an established driving course prior to driving on a public roadway. EMS providers may custom design the driving course to best meet the organizations’ needs.
EVOC Module B includes the subject matter and driving exercises covered in Module B of the NHTSA Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (Ambulance): National Standard Curriculum text.
Module B field exercises
- Exercise 1 - The Serpentine
- Exercise 2 - Diminishing Clearance
- Exercise 3 - Braking While Turning
- Exercise 4 - Straight Line Braking
- Exercise 5 - U-Turn
- Exercise 6 - Three-Point Turn
- Exercise 7 - Right Side Road Turn
- Exercise 8 - Left Side Road Turn
- Exercise 9 - Slow Speed Lane Change
- Exercise 10 - Perpendicular Parking (Back In and Drive Out)
Participants will be evaluated on performing each of the driving maneuvers. Proper driving techniques should be observed while participants are navigating the course. Techniques include: driving position (seat, mirrors, seat belt), smooth acceleration/braking, use of signals, clearing traffic, hand position, steering control, backing with use of mirrors, etc. The course is precision-based rather than time-based. Driving exercises are designed to help the participant master control and handling. Maneuvers should be completed with attention to safety and accuracy, not on speed. Participants either pass or fail the driving exercises based on their ability to perform the maneuver as demonstrated. The primary standard for successfully completing an exercise is the ability to maneuver through the course without hitting a cone. All exercises must be successfully passed in order to complete Module B.
Ambulances used on the driving range must be fully equipped and mechanically sound with high quality tires and fully functional safety and communication equipment. The participants will inspect the ambulance prior to driving the field exercises. Participants should bring and use the vehicle inspection form from their EMS provider. A sample form may be provided for participants who work for an EMS provider that does not have a vehicle inspection form.