The ambulance does not have assigned seating, however each seat has basic roles it provides.
Obviously, the driver is responsible for making it from the station to the scene, from the scene to hospital and from the hospital back to the station. However, the driver is responsible for the entire crew’s and patient’s safety. The driver needs to drive with common sense, follow all traffic laws and drive in way where the EMTs in the back can do their jobs. When driving emergent, state law requires that both audible and visual warning devices are employed (i.e. both lights and siren). If both devices are not used, the ambulance is required to follow all traffic laws. Even when both devices are being used, driving with due regard is required. See more on due regard here.
Requirements for the driver include:
- Knowledge of how to get to the common hospitals (Fort Atkinson Hospital, Mercy Janesville, Dean St. Mary’s in Janesville and Aurora Lakeland in Elkhorn) from our entire territory.
- Must also have passed EVOC training in order to drive emergent.
- Ability to read maps
The navigator resides in the passenger seat of the ambulance in the front. This person is responsible for guiding the driver to where he or she needs to go. This function requires that the navigator find the incident location prior to the ambulance leaving the station. The navigator is also responsible for operating the external emergency lights, the audible siren and all communication with dispatch. This allows the driver to focus entirely on driving and keeps the crew safer.
Requirements for the navigator include:
- Ability to read maps
- Knowledge of common locations within the territory
When transporting from the scene, in some situations a relative of the patient may ride along in the ambulance. In this situation, that person would ride in this seat. The person must wear their seat belt and cannot cause any distractions or impede the driver or crew in any way. Be sure to follow WRS Policy 015 for additional passengers in the ambulance.
The Captain’s Chair is located closest to the front of the ambulance, in the back by the radio equipment. For crews of two or three, this chair is not often used. However, if there is a crew of four, this chair may be used by the EMT taking notes. The primary purpose this chair is used for is to complete the radio report to the hospital, whether by the radio or by cell phone.
In a traumatic call, this seat may be occupied by the IC, reviewing everything that is being accomplished and ensuring that nothing is missed.
Normally, the AEMT sits at the bench seat to both perform their assessment and establish an IV if appropriate. This seat may also be used when completing other procedures when more space is necessary.
The occupier of this seat is normally an EMT that operates the monitor. This seat provides access to the majority of supplies needed on a call, as well as the control console for the internal lighting, temperature and other ambulance operations.