ESDS Test Categories


The Emergency Services Driving Standard (ESDS) has three levels.

Choosing an ESDS Level

ESDS Level 1 – This is the entry level and sets out the training, learning and assessment that will produce competent and responsible emergency service drivers.

ESDS Level 2 – This level describes the training, learning and assessment for emergency service drivers and includes the principles and skills set of ‘Roadcraft’. ‘Roadcraft’ is a recognised system of vehicle control in the training for emergency service drivers that develops a methodical and systematic approach to driving. It increases safety by giving the driver more time to react in complex situations as they have a greater awareness and ability to anticipate hazards.

ESDS Level 3 – This level refers only to services who by law can drive using blue lights and sirens in emergency response situations, while availing of ‘exemptions’ under Section 87 of the Road Traffic Act 2010 when this does not endanger the safety of other road users. An example of this is when an emergency services vehicle exceeds the statutory speed limit. This applies only to emergency services who are specified in Section 87 of the Road Traffic Act 2010 as follows:

  • An Garda Síochána,
  • the Ambulance Service, and
  • the Fire Service.

This level sets out a series of principles and response tactics which are compatible with Roadcraft and focus on the driver’s attitude towards emergency response driving. Creating correct behaviour and a responsible attitude to driving skills greatly reduces the risks associated with emergency response driving. The standards will ensure that drivers fully understand their responsibility to manage the risks associated with emergency response driving and, in doing so, they will help to keep themselves and the public safe.

ESDS Test Categories by Level

Exam NameExam LengthQuestionsPass Mark
ESDS Core Level 11hr 15mins5072%
ESDS Core Level 22hrs8071%
ESDS Core Level 32hrs10073%

ESDS Module Test Categories

Exam NameExam LengthQuestionsPass Mark
ESDS Truck Module1hr3073%
ESDS Bus Module1hr3073%
ESDS Trainer Module1hr4075%

 

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