December 27, 2017
Black Cab drivers in London are to be given some medical training to help them deal with acid and terrorist attacks. There are 17,500 drivers who will be eligible to receive the training and during this year’s terror attacks, taxi drivers were among the first on the scene.
This training will undoubtedly be of benefit in London, though arguably it has potential on a nationwide scale since there is a significant terror threat across the country.
Training Organised by Mytaxi App
This training initiative has been put together by the mytaxi booking app. The programme is know as ‘The Knowledge+’ and features life-saving techniques like performing CPR and using a defibrillator. The course will also cover situations such as acid attacks, choking, strokes and severe bleeding.
Supported by St John Ambulance
The course is being supported by the expertise of St John Ambulance (SJA), the nationally recognised first aid course provider who have recently celebrated their 140th anniversary. SJA has also made a series of First Aid training available that will be of assistance to taxi drivers. The SJA Clincial Director, Alan Weir believes that this training can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved in the critical moments after an attack.
This training will undoubtedly be of benefit in London, though arguably it has potential on a nationwide scale since there is a significant terror threat across the country. It can be hoped that this training will empower taxi drivers to offer valuable assistance on the scene of an attack, assisting the emergency services.