Road Safety Authority launch Emergency Services Driving Standard (ESDS)

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The Road Safety Authority’s (RSA) has introduced the Emergency Services Driving Standard (ESDS) at Farmleigh House, Dublin.

ESDS is the result of collaboration between the RSA and An Garda Síochána, Civil Defence, Defence Forces, Irish Coast Guard, Irish Prison Service, National Ambulance Service, the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council, National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management, and the Chief Fire Officers Association.

This new initiative aims to reduce the risks associated with driving emergency service vehicles, to ensure patients and passengers are safe and comfortable and to ensure road safety best practice is employed when driving emergency services vehicles.

The Road Safety Authority has overseen the development of this new Standard which will be voluntarily implemented by the principal emergency service organisations in Ireland.

Ms Moyagh Murdock, CEO, Road Safety Authority (RSA) formally launched the new Standard. In attendance at the launch included:
·         Ms Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive Officer with the Road Safety Authority
·         Assistant Commissioner John Twomey, An Garda Síochána
·         Mr Dave Carroll, Chief Fire Officers Association
·         Mr Barry O’Sullivan, Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council
·         Governor Michael Cosgrove, Irish Prison Service
·         Gerard O’Flynn, Irish Coast Guard