First responder driving simulator-making sure everyone arrives alive

Firemen aren't the only ones who use the simulator--EMS as well as those with city transportation use it in their training process / Ashley Knight

In light of a recent car accident involving a police officer responding to a call and a civilian vehicle, we wanted to learn more about how first responders are taught when it comes to driving.

Dougherty County EMS and their 11 new recruits will take a trip to the Albany Fire Department's training facility this week to experiment with their driving simulator. The device can be tailored to resemble the dynamics of an ambulance, a charter bus, or a fire truck.

EMS Director Greg Rowe says one of the biggest issues is dealing with the blind spots of an ambulance. While it can drive a little like a pickup truck, employees always have to be aware of what's behind them. This is especially difficult when the rearview mirror is useless and they have to rely fully on their side mirrors.

Captain Eugene Anderson with the Albany Fire Department says his men use the device annually, and it's not just for newbies, veterans also need a refresher course from time to time.

In addition to first responders, the device is also used on a weekly basis by drivers with city transportation.