Improving EMS Training & Education with SimRig The Ambulance Trainer

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The importance of simulation in healthcare education has been well established but creating realistic learning environments for EMS programs has traditionally been a challenge. As a result, students have few opportunities to practice essential skills such as securing a cot and initializing treatment in the confined space of an ambulance. DiaMedical recognized this need and created SimRig The Ambulance Trainer to help prepare all levels of EMS students for their first day on the job. 

Realistic Training Environment

Working in a simulated environment allows students to learn and make mistakes without causing patient harm. Students can see the results of their decisions and mistakes in realtime to gain a better understanding of the consequences of their actions. SimRig is built to precisely replicate a real ambulance so students can immerse themselves completely in their training scenarios. The patient compartment features Whelen lights with chrome flanges, bright graphics and an ALS equipment access door to help students feel like real emergency responders. Additionally, the back door, flip-up step and bumper with diamond plate trim are built to the same specifications of road-ready ambulances so students can accurately practice loading and unloading cots. In fact, the mounting apparatus is compatible with all Ferno and Stryker stretchers

Functional Interior for All Types of Skills Training

SimRig's enclosed design allows students to experience the challenges of providing patient care within the confined spaces of an ambulance. Standard features include a squad bench with integrated storage, overhead IV hooks and cabinet shelving for supplies. There is even a rear-facing attendant airway seat, equipped with a seat belt consistent with NIOSH and NHTSA recommendations for provider safety. Students can utilize the functioning electrical outlets, suction, and simulated oxygen for resuscitation training, and administer simulated medications from the electronic locking narcotics cabinet. 

Customizable Features

SimRig The Classroom Ambulance Trainer is 144" long, 103" high, and 96" wide. These specifications match those of real ambulances while enabling the unit to be built inside a training center. A team of expert installers will travel to your location and assemble SimRig so it will be ready for use within 2-3 business days. Alternatively, SimRig The Mobile Ambulance Trainer is built to be easily trailered for use at multiple training locations. This allows students to experience the effects of responding to calls in a variety of settings and climate conditions. Educators can add an observation window, HD color monitor and a ceiling-mounted color camera system to enhance their view of student performance during simulations. Other options include a two-way radio, siren package and a deluxe graphics package with a full custom wrap. After installation, SimRig is immediately ready for simulation and minimal routine maintenance is required. A lifetime structural warranty is included with purchase along with a 5-year limited warranty on all other components during normal use. 

Final Thoughts

SimRig Ambulance Trainers are expertly designed for EMS programs that refuse to be held back by traditional teaching methods. DiaMedical remains at the forefront of EMS simulation training, providing SimLabSolutions Loaded Emergency Jump Bags, SimRx simulated medications and SimVS EMS Virtual Diagnostic Platforms. To request a quote or for more information about any of these products, reach out to a DiaMedical Account Manager at 877-593-6011 or


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