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Ambulance Driver/Attendant  What They Do

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Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except EMTs Career Video



Drives an ambulance or assists an ambulance driver in transporting sick, injured, or convalescent persons. Assists in lifting patients.

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Support Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Drives ambulances or assists ambulance drivers in transporting sick, injured, or convalescent persons.
  • Removes and replaces soiled linens or equipment to maintain sanitary conditions.
  • Places patients on stretchers and loads stretchers into ambulances, usually with assistance from other attendants.
  • Accompanies and assists emergency medical technicians on calls.
  • Earns and maintains appropriate certifications.
  • Replaces supplies and disposable items on ambulances.
  • Reports facts concerning accidents or emergencies to hospital personnel or law enforcement officials.
  • Administers first aid, such as bandaging, splinting, or administering oxygen.
  • Restrains or shackles violent patients.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

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