Ambulance Driver

Ambulance drivers are individuals who are motivated to play an important role in the health care field by safely transporting sick and injured patients to hospitals medical facilities or nursing homes. Ambulance drivers navigate vehicles that carry patients to destinations where they can get medical attention but they have other duties as well.

For example they usually work alongside other emergency medical technicians by placing patients onto stretchers they are knowledgeable about applying bandages and splints and they know how to administer oxygen when necessary. They are also trained in techniques for restraining patients when needed. When they are not actually responding to emergency calls they are responsible for making sure that the ambulance is stocked with the required supplies and that all equipment is in working order.

After each accident or emergency call they are in charge of writing a report for hospital personnel andor law enforcement officials. The website Bestjobdescriptions.com says that ambulance drivers must be well-versed in all policies and procedures regarding local state and national security.

The website Samplejobdescriptions.org says that not only must ambulance drivers be expert drivers but they must be physically fit and emotionally stable. It is crucial that they be able to exercise sound judgment and make quick decisions under pressure. Ambulance drivers must be 21 years of age and have a valid driver's license and clean driving record. They must pass a criminal background check and screenings for alcohol and drugs.  If you are interested in careers in the healthcare field look here.

Once hired they usually work alongside an experienced ambulance driver for some period of time before they are allowed full responsibility. According to the website www1.salary.com the median annual salary for ambulance drivers is approximately $28000.

Education Required: High School Diploma and Certificate/License
Avg Salary: $28000
High Salary: $31000
Low Salary: $25000
Tasks: Transports sick or injured individuals to medical facilities.
Drives EMTs to emergency calls.
Administers first-aid.
Performs routine maintenance on ambulance equipment.
Also Called: Ambulance Crew
Emergency Vehicle Driver
Paramedic
First Responder
Additional Resources: http://www.bestjobdescriptions.com/health-care/ambulance-drivers-job-description
http://www.samplejobdescriptions.org/ambulance-driver.html
http://www1.salary.com/Ambulance-Driver-salary.html