EDISON, GA (WALB) - Training is an important aspect of any job..
For police, fire and EMS officials it is no different.
A critical aspect in their training is driving.
"Our law enforcement, our firefighters, EMS operators are put into different situations everyday that put their lives and the lives of others in danger if they don't operate their vehicles properly," said instructor Julie Hyer.
Julie Hyer is a public safety risk consultant with the local government risk management services, co-operated by ACCG and GMA insurance.
Under her direction, members of the Edison Police Department, Calhoun county EMS and Edison Fire Department went back to school today.
"Ninety percent of our job involves driving or driving around and answering calls, and getting into chases or making traffic stops all have to do with driving," said Edison Police Chief Walt Ingram.
The driving simulator allows them to practice responding to different situations they don't see everyday.
"Some of our smaller departments they won't get these calls all the time, yet they want to keep their skills just as updated so that they are ready," Hyer.
"We have to accelerate quickly, we have to learn how to decelerate quickly and avoid objects in the road or people that walk out in front of you.," said Ingram.
Firetrucks and ambulances must navigate obstacles too.
"It's a lot more weight," said Calhoun County EMS Director Wayne Royal. "It takes a lot longer to slow down. "
The officials drove well, according the instructor, and all left with a certificate.
"Everybody has had a really positive attitude and did extremely well so I've been very pleased," said Hyer.