The 10 week course, a prerequisite for the Paramedic program, is broken up into an hour and a half of driving time and two hours of lecture. The driving time is further broken down into a closed course environment and trips out on the street. These students don’t always have instructors ride with them on the closed course, and switch out when one student has finished the improvised road course.
But make no mistake, each student is watched carefully for errors. For instance, if a student nudges a cone, they are docked one point. Two points are lost for knocking it over. The worst violation is hitting the curb, which can disqualify the driver’s run. Of all of the challenges that these new drivers face, the biggest challenge is just driving a larger vehicle, EMS Instructor David Sherwood said.