The EMS Act of 2009 and the Rules and Regulations require the driver of a licensed EMS Vehicle be EMSVO certified.

As of July 9, 2014, anyone who wishes to drive a “ground ambulance” must obtain the Emergency Medical Services Vehicle Operator (EMSVO) credential. The EMSVO credential is a credential granted to providers who successfully complete an Emergency Vehicle Operating Course and complete the application to be submitted to their Regional Council.

Emergency Medical Service Vehicle Operator certification will expire on the same date as the registrants primary EMS certification.  In order to reregister an EMSVO certification, the registrant must complete three continuing education credits if registration is on a 3-year renewal cycle or two continuing education credits if the registration is on a 2-year renewal cycle. The continuing education credits must be registered as EMSVO approved and are in addition to those imposed upon an EMS provider for registration of an EMS provider certification.

An EMSVO who operates a ground EMS vehicle exclusively for a QRS EMS agency does not have reregistration requirements.

We are currently providing EMSVO class on:

DATE:  Friday July 23 & Saturday July 24, 2021

TIME:  8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost:  $100

Tri-Community South EMS
5490 Progress Blvd.
Bethel Park, PA  15102

EMSVO is a two-day course designed for anyone interested in operating an ambulance safely and efficiently. Students will receive lecture and experience hands-on driving practice on a specially-designed course.

Students will practice skills and review topics including:

  •  Inclement weather driving
  •  Parallel parking
  •  Safe backing practices and standard hand signals
  •  Emergency vehicle crash scenarios
  •  Controlling intersections
  •  Potential hazards of off-road driving


Students must be 18 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license. A copy of the driver’s license must be submitted on the first day of class. 


Registration is required.  E-mail lemasters@tcsems.org to register.   Once registration is confirmed by email, payment is needed by:  July 1, 2021.  Link for payment will be sent after registration is confirmed.

Tuition for all Students:  $100.00

Class approved for 16 hours of Continuing Education.

Due to COVID restrictions and Tri-Community South EMS Health and Safety plan, this may limit the number of students enrolled in the course.  Students will be contacted by email.


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