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Volunteer Ambulance Driving


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Phil Heaviside, a past master of Lodge of Progress saw an appeal for volunteer drivers on the Lodge Facebook page. The sister of one of the members works for NE Ambulance service and had asked him to share it. Phil’s past work history and driving experience, prompted him contact the service and volunteer straight away.


Due to the weight of the ambulance stock, a category ‘C1’ on a clean drivers license is required, which was already on Phil’s licence. A half day driver assessment and some training on the GPS / comms system and hydraulic lift, and then a drive out with an examiner to check the standard of driving was then undertook. The required paperwork was then submitted for an enhanced DBS and also a driver medical at the occupational health section foe eyesight and blood pressure etc.


The last step was a two day training course. Confidentiality, Safeguarding, Correct use of PPE including face mask seal testing and a full day of moving patients and securing wheelchairs in ambulances. He was finally signed off and ready to start helping out and is at present waiting for his first placement. The only downside is that he will probably have to stop delivering meals on wheels to the elderly and self isolating residents in his village.


The ambulance service have done a great job so far. They have had 2000 volunteers and in a month, they have designed and implemented a training courses for the first group of 200 volunteers.

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