Preventing First Responder-involved Collisions (for Fire/Ambulance Personnel)
Course Category: Patrol/Operations Training



3 hours

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Driving is a highly routine, yet risky part of a first responder’s job. First responders are frequently involved in collisions, many of which are fatal. One of the fundamental elements of reducing the potential for a collision is to be more cognizant of when you are at greatest risk of crashing. Knowing this can help you increase that focused attention at the times you need it most.

Preventing First Responder-involved Collisions is designed to engage first responders in a new level of awareness. Focusing on risk management techniques, human factors, managing distractions, and improving self-awareness, this course will help emergency response personnel improve their ability to make good decisions while driving.

Learning Objectives

When you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Explain when an individual is at the greatest risk while driving
  • Explain common misconceptions about first responder-involved collisions
  • Explain why many drivers underestimate the risk associated with driving
  • Explain how human factors influence decision-making
  • Explain how to improve one’s control of specific factors
  • Explain why many drivers inherently change their circumstances to match the amount of risk they prefer
  • Recall the factors that influence an individual’s risk
  • Explain why distraction has such a negative effect on driving
  • Explain how to improve one’s ability to identify hazards
  • Make better decisions while driving



This is an introductory level course and is designed for fire and EMS personnel.

Target Audience

Sworn Police, Police Civilian, Public Safety Officer, Peace Officer / Special Constable, Other Federal, Provincial and Municipal Employees

Content Provider

The original development of this course was funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program.