Ambulance Operations

Mod-7 is the operations module. It is usually a relief for most students to take this module. They have just spent many weeks, indeed months and now they need a break. Our training center usually provides 5 hours of training for this module with a 50 question written test.

Lesson 7-1 Ambulance Operations

Presents an overview of the knowledge needed to function in the pre-hospital environment. Topics covered include responding to a call, emergency vehicle operations, transferring patients, and the phases of an ambulance call.

The student should also take, in this instructors humble opinion, a Coaching Emergency Vehicle Operations (CEVO) course and a defensive driving course. Both courses are 8 hours long but they give the student invaluable information about driving the big shiny ambulance. The entire EMT-B curriculum is woefully lacking in any coherent training in this area.

Lesson 7-2 Gaining Access

Provides the EMT Basic student with an overview of rescue operations. Topics covered include roles and responsibilities at a crash scene, equipment, gaining access, and removing the patient.

One thing that the student has forgotten by this module is scene safety. When an EMT comes upon a motor vehicle crash the first instinct is to go and help. This needs to be avoided. A proper scene size up is necessary to ensure that the responders don't get injured or injure the patient.

Lesson 7-3 Overviews

Provides the EMT Basic student with information on hazardous materials, incident management systems, mass casualty situations, and basic triage.

Lesson 7-4 Evaluation: Operations

Conduct a written and skills evaluation will be done to determine the student's level of achievement of the cognitive, psychomotor and affective objectives from this module of instruction.

This module usually covers the topics that motivated most EMT students to take the course in the first place. Motor vehicle crashes, hazardous conditions and materials, helicopter operations are just a few. Five hours just doesn't cover what the student really needs to know. In the case of hazardous materials (HAZMAT) what you can't see can kill you.

Fortunately there are supplemental programs to fill out what is missing in MOD-7. The student should attend a Hazardous Awareness class, CBRNE awareness, IMS 100 and 200 and NIMS 700. This would complete the MOD-7 education but each program is over 8 hours which means that there would be 32 extra hours for the EMT program. Most states recommend that the student complete this additional training within 1 year after certification.

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