To become an ambulance driver is to become a part of a valuable public service/medical emergency team. An ambulance driver works to provide transportation services for hospital ERs, fire departments, lifeguard agencies or private ambulance providers. Let's see what it takes.
- Skill level:
Get a high school diploma or a GED. Take classes in driver's education. Also focus on reading comprehension. You must be able to read maps, follow directions, recognize street names quickly, locate house numbers and navigate quickly through business districts.
Take a CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) class and become certified. Besides a CPR card, you must also have a current, valid driver's license with a clean driving record. To become an ambulance driver, you must also submit to a criminal background check.
Check with your state to determine courses that are required. You may have to take an Emergency Vehicle Operators Course. Some of these courses can be taken online with certification tests administered at testing centers.
Consider applying for a job at a fire station. Some fire stations actually have an internship program. You can work for the fire department, get paid and at the same time, and get on-the-job training to become an ambulance driver. Most internship programs take about two to three years to complete.
Keep physically fit if you want to become an ambulance driver. The Department of Transportation in some states may require a medical card that states proof of physical fitness. If your state requires this, you must get a complete physical examination before you can qualify for the job or even start training.
Tips and warnings
- Consider part-time employment at a hospital or fire department to get your foot in the door and gain experience. Then, when full-time positions become available, you'll be in line to step in.