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Old 03-18-2009, 07:07 PM   #1
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California Driver's Handbook - not sure if i got the right drivers handbook..


OK so i went to the DMV and grabbed a hand book. im just not sure if its the right one. the cover says California Commercial Drivers Handbook for 2008. im from cali and the book doesnt state its use for an ambulance only fire truck.help me out please


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Old 03-18-2009, 07:52 PM   #2
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I've moved this thread to the appropriate forum and added a little to your title.

It is my understanding from this forum that the CHP Ambulance Driver Handbook is only available in-person at the DMV, but I'm sure someone will be along to offer some advice.
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:58 PM   #3
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That's my experience. It costs a few dollars, so tell the person handing out numbers that you need an ambulance driver book and you'll get a number.
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:01 PM   #4
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Yep, only way is to go in person and stand in line. Cost is $5.

I did an online appointment. I got the handbook, spent about 15 minutes reading it then took the test. You get three cracks at it. As I recall, there were 30 questions and you had to get at least 26 right to pass.

The questions were pretty basic, but some were of the noodly-finite type. Be sure to memorize all the numbers and statistics. Oh, and some of their answers were WRONG... but there's no way you can argue the point.

I think I got 24 right the first try, then 29 on the second try. The good part is MOST of the questions are repeated, so be sure to get your old answer sheet back to study if you fail the first time. The DMV guy was great in letting me do this.
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Old 03-19-2009, 01:36 AM   #5
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There's also a website that can help you study, I'll have to google it again, of course, it is listed here somewhere.
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Old 03-19-2009, 04:11 AM   #6
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Yes, its not like any other DMV book. Its actually a baby blue packet that says CHP Ambulance Driver Handbook. I got mines for $5. Total of 30 questions and you can only miss 4. Failed the 1st time and pass the 2nd time with -1. Tooked mines at Santa Clara DMV right off Flora Vista.
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OK so i went to the DMV and grabbed a hand book. im just not sure if its the right one. the cover says California Commercial Drivers Handbook for 2008. im from cali and the book doesnt state its use for an ambulance only fire truck.help me out please
Dont feel bad mate I just figured out the right one....anyway good luck...you just go up and as for the ambulance drivers handbook for 5 bucks then you also should ask as long as your there for the ambulance drivers medical packet as well...
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Old 03-19-2009, 11:04 PM   #8
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Dont feel bad mate I just figured out the right one....anyway good luck...you just go up and as for the ambulance drivers handbook for 5 bucks then you also should ask as long as your there for the ambulance drivers medical packet as well...
yea man i read about that what exactly is that? why do i need it?
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Old 03-19-2009, 11:09 PM   #9
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You need a Medical Examiners Card. The DMV has the form online to take to you Doctor. He/she examines you if you haven't had a recent physical, and gives you blood tests, etc. When passed, they give you the card. Most Physicians should be familiar with the process, as it's required for all commercial driver's licenses.

You'll need it for the Ambulance Drivers certificate, and just about every EMS service requires one also.
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Since when did the DOT card require a blood test? At most it requires a urine dip stick test.
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