Blue Light & Emergency Response Driver Training is normally only available to emergency service drivers – police drivers, ambulance drivers (private and public) and fire service drivers. This may also include coastguard, mines & mountain rescue drivers or those involved in similar emergency response positions.
Anyone who is not qualified to do blue light training by virtue of their employment (or voluntary position) cannot receive Blue Light Driver Training.
Most emergency response training is carried out in house by police, fire service or NHS driver trainers, though there are more private ambulance and fire services and some voluntary sector response teams whose drivers have blue light driving allowances and exemptions. These drivers must be trained by a fully qualified ADI. Police driver trainers are now also encouraged to become DSA ADIs.
All training will need to be carried out to current DSA guidelines: Blue Light Emergency Response Driver Consultation Document DSA
It may be worth having a look at ACPO’s recommendations for Police Driver Training: ACPO Police Driver Training Guidelines
All emergency response training must be carried out to comply with section 19 of the Road Safety Act 2006: Road Safety Act 2006 (scroll down to section 19).
Beyond Driving – Our trainers are some of the most highly qualified trainers in the UK, with both a military and civilian police training backgrounds. They work across the UK, the EU and Worldwide with many government and international organisations.
Courses to become a blue light driving instructor, or emergency response driving instructor are limited to those who are, or have been, employed in these services.
Update – 27/11/2012: There are proposals to enable certain emergency responders outside the police, NHS and fire services to use speed exemptions. This may include those carrying organs for transplant, bomb disposal units and the Coastguard. These drivers may be required to undertake a ‘high speed training’ course. For full details see the gov.uk news item.Posted under