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May 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 204

Police, Fire, Ambulance, Emergency Services The Law is changing are You up to Speed?

Background Historically there has been no legal requirement for any UK Emergency Services response drivers to receive specific high speed / emergency response.

Consequently across the statutory Emergency Services there have been no Compulsory national standards or quality assurance processes relating to driver competencies, instructor competencies, assessor competencies or training establishments / bodies. As a result the standard and type of training delivered to emergency response drivers has varied between each Emergency Service.

Emergency Response Blue light the Road Ahead

The Road Safety Act 2006 introduced significant changes to the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984. These changes mean that only drivers, who have satisfactorily completed a course of training in driving vehicles at 'high speed', will legally be permitted to utilise exemptions when the vehicle is being used for Fire and rescue authority purposes, Ambulance, police and serious organised crime purposes. In addition, only those driver trainers who have achieved the necessary standards will be able to deliver driver training at this level.

The introduction of this legislation will have a significant impact on all emergency services with the need for all personnel who are required to drive under emergency response conditions to have received (HSDT).

When the Government introduced the Road Safety Act 2006, each emergency service, the MOD, RoSPA, IAM and the DSA all nominated representatives to ensure the Joint Emergency Service Advisory Group (JESHSDWG) could be formed.

The sole objective of the group was to review basic emergency service, and to pull together one course/programme, removing all training requirements that were role or vehicle specific and develop a only, driver competency profile.

This means that each service will need to embrace this competency and add role specific aspects when providing emergency response. driver competencies being the very basic level required to safely exceed speed limits when required for ambulance purposes.

The work undertaken by the group was specifically aimed at the outcome desired by the Department for Transport (DfT), which was that "only safe and well trained drivers use the exemption." To this end the working group provided codes of practice (CoP) for the following:

High SpeedHigh Speed Driver Competency High Speed Instructor Competency High Speed Training Quality Assurance High Speed Assessor Competency

These documents were submitted to the DfT as a suggested way forward for the introduction of the aspect of the legislative changes.

When the DfT approve these draft documents the Government will introduce regulations to support the documents as Codes of Practice and national standards for.

All Emergency Services and private training companies that wish to deliver Emergency Response ( blue lights) after section 19 of the Road Safety Act 2006 is implemented will be required to produce a training manual that meets the needs of the (HSDT) codes of practise.

The training and the manual must provide evidence of, driver competence, Instructor competence, Assessor competence and quality assurance, if it meets the criteria it can then be submitted to the DfT for approval

Cars and Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) Instructor Requirements

As the number of cars and vehicles up to 3500 tonnes used as rapid response vehicles within the Emergency Services increases, there may be a requirement to increase Instructor training and qualifications.

Driving Instructors that wish to deliver training in driving a motor car, under the provisions of the Road Traffic Act 1988 must legally hold Driving Standards Agency (DSA) Approved (ADI) qualification, the only emergency service that has an exemption to this legislation are the police service.

Large Goods Vehicles (LGV) Instructor Requirements

Currently there is no legally required Driving Instructor qualification to deliver in LGV vehicle Category C (Fire Appliance)

Instructor Competency (HSDT) Codes of Practice

Instructor Competency- making sure those assessing competency, setting training needs and providing that training are competent and to a consistent level.

Pre-Course requirements

It will be necessary to complete an Emergency Response Driving Course that meets the needs of the High Speed Driver Training codes of practice before attending an Instructors course.

The course must be based on individual competencies as per the (HSDT) Instructor codes of practise, the Instructor must achieve competence in order to train a driver to the appropriate standard to be authorised to drive under emergency response conditions and claim exemptions as determined by the Road Safety Act 2006.

A Summary of the Road Ahead for Emergency Response

Section 19 of the UK road safety Act 2006, will regulate the use of exemptions from speed limits, this section of the road safety act Is due to go out for public consultation in June 2012 and is expected to be presented to the Government for approval and be implemented in early 2013.

The (HSDT) Codes of Practice will be implemented when section 19 becomes legislation the codes will set the UK National Occupational Standards (NOS)

Emergency Services must produce a document and evidence that there training will comply with the (HSDT) Codes of Practise & the training body must hold accreditation by the Department for Transport (DfT) to provide (HSDT)

Private training providers must produce a document and evidence that there training will comply with the (HSDT) Codes of Practise & the training body must hold accreditation by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) to provide High Speed (HSDT)

Organisational Requirements

Upon the implementation of Section 19 of the Road Safety Act 2006 and the High Speed Codes of Practise an organisation with be required to:

Train all new & existing Emergency Response Driving Instructors to a competent standard as per the (HSDT) NOS

Train all new Emergency Response Drivers to a competent standard as per the (HSDT) (NOS)

Re-assess all current Emergency Response Drivers to a competent standard as per the (HSDT) (NOS) within a five year period.

Any organisation statutory, private or voluntary that is not included in section 19 of the Road Safety Act 2006 may have to request to operate under one of the Emergency Services that has been included in the act this may be done though a written agreement or contract and if that organisation is mobilised under one of the listed Emergency Service they may be afforded the same exemption, however this is unclear at this time.

It should be indisputable that the exemptions afforded to the Emergency Services to drive under emergency response conditions, should be carried out only by drivers that are trained to a high standard and the High Speed National Occupational Standards are a drive in the right direction.

Senior Emergency Response Driving Instructor at Fire & Rescue Service Owner, Training Director at & Learn2bsafe Driver Training. Get more information about Emergency Response Blue Light Driver Training by visiting our website.

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