ESDS Overview


ESDS stands for Emergency Services Driving Standard – a driving standard for Emergency services drivers. The ESDS Theory Tests form part of the process to become an ESDS certified Trainer or Driver.

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What is ESDS – Emergency Services Driving Standard?

ESDS stands for Emergency Services Driving Standard – a driving standard for Emergency services drivers. It is open to nominated emergency services drivers who work for the following organisations which form the ESDS Panel (who were involved in the development of the standard):

  • Civil Defence,
  • The Irish Coast Guard,
  • The Defence Forces,
  • An Garda Síochána,
  • Health Service Executive National Ambulance Service,
  • The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council,
  • The Chief Fire Officer’s Association,
  • The National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management, and
  • The Irish Prison Service.

What is the purpose of ESDS?

Creating a culture of safe and responsible driving is essential for reducing deaths and casualties on Irish roads. The Emergency Services Driving Standard aims to develop and sustain a spirit of cooperation, caution and courtesy in emergency service drivers. Emergency service drivers should aim to achieve an excellent standard of driving that acts as an example to other road users.

The main aim of this driving standard is to benefit emergency services drivers and other road users by:

  • Reducing the particular risks associated with the driving of emergency service vehicles,
  • Making sure that patients and passengers are safe and comfortable, and
  • Cultivating the attitude that responding to an emergency should never involve actions which could lead to the death or injury of any person.

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