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Welcome to Preferential Safety

Driver Safety - Fire Safety - Health & Safety

Based in Waterford, Preferential Safety offer a number of crucial services Nationwide.


ESDS Driver Training

The aim of ESDS is to create, promote and maintain a culture of safe and responsible driving for those behind the wheel of any emergency services vehicle.

  • Motor Cycle Lessons

The rigid truck lessons can equip drivers with the crucial skills and level of knowledge needed by those wishing to have a career in the driving of HGV’s.

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Driver Assessments

Driving for work not only presents risks for the driver of the vehicle, but also to fellow colleagues and other road users, in addition to pedestrians.


Safety Courses

Paddy Russell of Preferential Safety has decades of experience in providing a comprehensive range of safety courses ideal for use in many commercial environments.

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4X4 Severe Weather Training

This training course is aimed at voluntary and statutory emergency services to ensure safe driving in off road terrain during hazardous weather conditions.



Preferential safety can offer customers RoSPA training and prepare them for a RoSPA examination.

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Driver CPC Training

Preferential Safety offer the highest standard of driver CPC training to clients in Waterford and in the surrounding areas. To schedule a driver CPC course please get in contact with our customer service team today.


Transport Management

For professional drivers all over Waterford and the surrounding areas, Preferential Safety host transport manager CPC Courses in preparation for the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport exams.

Initial Basic Training

IBT (motorcycle lessons)

At Preferential Safety, we provide IBT (Initial Basic Training) Since January 2013 its mandatory for new Motorcycle Learner Permit holders to attend and pass the IBT Training Course.

Our Services

Motor Cycle Lessons
Jeep & Trailer Lessons
C1 Light Truck/ambulance lessons
Rigid Truck Lessons
Articulated Truck Lessons
Bus Lessons
ESDS Driver Training
RoSPA Advanced Driving Training
4x4 Operator Training (LANTRA Award)
Winch Operator Training (LANTRA Award)
Advanced Driving & 4x4 Severe Weather Training
Load securing Training
Driving for Work Driver Assessments
Fire Extinguisher Training
Emergency Response Team Training
Fire Training
Emergency Services Driver Training
Abrasive Wheels Training
Breathing Apparatus Training
Manual Handling Training
Compliance Basis Training
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To hear further information on our extensive array of vital services, call Preferential Safety today

About Us

Preferential Safety was founded and is run by Paddy Russell. Paddy is an experienced emergency services driver and instructor who holds a RoSPA International Diploma in Advanced Driving Instruction. Paddy previously worked in the fire service for 38 years, working as a station officer and training officer in Waterford Fire Station. Upon retirement from the fire service in 2014, Paddy decided to focus on his passion for driver safety by establishing Preferential Safety. For 12 years, Paddy had been providing an experienced, reliable service across Waterford and nationwide.

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Licence Categories

BE – Jeep & Trailers
C – Rigid Truck
C1 – Light Truck / Ambulance
C1E - Light Truck / Trailer
CE – Artic / Ambulance Driver Training
D1 – Bus
D1E – Bus / Trailer
D – Bus
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