EVOC - Emergency Vehicles Operation Course

EVOC - Emergency Vehicles Operation Course

As an emergency vehicle operator, you face distractions and hazards that other drivers never encounter. With the siren screaming and lights flashing, you weave around traffic and squeeze through narrow spaces all the while keeping an ever watchful eye on other vehicles and pedestrians. You concentrate on your driving while paramedics care for the patient enroute, but his condition and urgent need for added medical attention heightens your stress. It is your responsibility to reach the nearest health care facility quickly and safely.  Intense emergency driving demands expert training, and the Center for Emergency Medicine's Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC) can prepare you for the road.

EVOC is a two-day course designed for anyone interested in operating an ambulance safely and efficiently. Students will receive lecture at the Center for Emergency Medicine and experience hands-on driving practice on a specially-designed course at The Pittsburgh Zoo in Pittsburgh, PA.

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

During the driving portion of the course, students must maneuver an ambulance through an obstacle course and avoid errors resulting in time penalties. To successfully complete the driving portion of the course, students must complete the course in 4 minutes.

Course Dates: 
The course is offered twice a year, and students must attend both the lecture and driving portions to receive credits for the course. Class size is limited to 20. 

Spring 2015

Lecture Portion: April 14th and 16th: 6pm - 10pm

Location: Center for Emergency Medicine 230 McKee Place, 5th floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Driving Portion: Saturday, April 18th: 8am - 5pm

Location: Driving portion will take place at the Pittsburgh Zoo Parking Lot. Directions to the Zoo Parking lot will be given out in the lecture portion of the course.


EVOC at Tri-Community South EMS

Lecture: April 25th: 9am-5pm

Driving Portion: April 26th: 9am-5pm

 Location: 5490 Progress Boulevard, Bethel Park, PA 15102


Fall 2015

Lecture Portion: October 13th and 15th, 2015: 6pm - 10pm

Location: Center for Emergency Medicine 230 McKee Place, 5th floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Driving Portion: Saturday, October 17th, 2015: 8am - 5pm

 Location: Driving portion will take place at the Pittsburgh Zoo Parking Lot. Directions to the Zoo Parking lot will be given out in the lecture portion of the course.

This course has been approved for 16 hours of continuing education credits.

Students must be 18 years of age and possess a valid driver's license. A copy of the driver's license must be submitted with registration form.

If you have a disability, a minimum two-week advance notification of any special needs will help us better serve you.

Tuition for all students: $100.00

*Pricing subject to change.

Register online, please use this link: https://classes.upmc.com/Consumer/Default.aspx

When on this page, please search for the class by the keyword “EVOC”.

The search result will be EVOC Emergency Vehicle Operators Course and you will click on this link.

Please scroll to the bottom of that page and you will then click on “Add” in the box located under the heading “Please select a Class to add to your Schedule”.

At the next screen, review the class information and click on “Register”.

Please fill out all of the requested information to register for the class.

Please contact Benjamin Ellis for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (412)647-4242.

Acceptable forms of payment:
The Center for Emergency Medicine accepts checks, money orders or credit cards as forms of payment for classes. The Center is no longer able to accept cash as a method of payment. Credit Cards Accepted: Mastercard, VISA, American Express, Discover, Diners Club.

Requests for refunds must be made in writing at least five working days prior to the course.  The course fee will be returned with a $20 deduction for administrative fees.  No refunds are issued for cancellations made after the aforementioned deadline or failure to attend the course.  In the event for course cancellation, participants are notified and a full refund granted.

The Center for Emergency Medicine, as an educational institution and as an employer, values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and racial/ethnic and cultural diversity. Accordingly, the Center prohibits and will not engage in discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era. This policy applies to admissions, employment, access to and treatment by Center programs and activities. This is a commitment made by the Center and is in accordance with federal, state, and or local laws and regulations.