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Emergency Vehicle Operations

A Line Officer's Guide, Second Edtion, 2nd Edition

By Raymond W. Beach Jr., Earl R. Morris, William C. Smith

© 2003 – CRC Press

190 pages

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pub: 2003-06-30
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About the Book

Emergency Vehicle Operations: A Line Officer’s Guide is an all-inclusive, hands-on training/reference guide in compliance with the most recent version of the IADLEST Law Enforcement Driver Training Reference Guide.

Chapter-opening Objectives summarize each book chapter to help students understand the material. Chapter-ending Review Questions reinforce the concepts.

Two completely new chapters cover challenges of great concern to modern Law Enforcement:

  • Lawsuits: This is a concern of every line officer. This chapter instructs officers as to how to prepare in the event a lawsuit is initiated, providing clear-cut guidelines for testifying at trials and depositions.
  • Risk Management: This chapter provides a framework for installing an agency-wide, vehicle operation Risk Management Program.

All book material is policy driven, in the context of an agency’s own policy. You train using this book, and you train to your own policy. A Policy Worksheet Appendix provides an invaluable, step-by-step walk-through to help ensure a complete understanding of the material. A Glossary enables officers to understand vehicular jargon and all related terminology. A complete Index makes using the book quick and easy.

This emergency vehicle "bible" sets the standard for line officer training. It helps officers take the skills learned in training and correctly apply them to the nitty-gritty, emotionally charged street atmosphere, so that they can sort out and make the right decisions under fire. This book is a must for every training classroom, and should be kept in the glove compartment of every emergency vehicle.

*The free accompanying Instructor’s Manual helps key the book to IADLEST’s Reference Guide

Table of Contents


Why Should You Read This Book?


What is Liability?

The Basis of Lawsuits

Risk Management for Emergency Vehicle Operations


The Foundation of Emergency Vehicle Operations

The Human Factor

Maintaining Top Vehicle Performance

Basic Vehicle Operations

The High-Risk Maneuvers

10 Environmental Factors Affecting Vehicle Operations


How An Emergency Response Affects You

Vehicle Operations During an Emergency Response

Using Your Equipment in an Emergency

Route Selection



The Foundation of Pursuits

Initiating a Pursuit

Pursuit Tactics

Terminating a Pursuit

Pursuit Reporting and Analysis





Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science