Doncaster taxi drivers trained to become life savers

Doncaster's taxi drivers have first aid training.
Doncaster's taxi drivers have first aid training.

Taxi drivers across Doncaster are being offered first aid training to help them deal with emergency situations.

Doncaster Council is offering the training to ensure the town will have a team of mobile first aiders equipped to help emergency services deal with casualties in a confident manner.

Door supervisors are also to be offered the same training in the coming months.

Ros Jones, mayor of Doncaster, said: “Taxi drivers spend their working lives travelling Doncaster’s roads and most of the time they take passengers from A to B without incident.

“There are times however when passengers can be taken ill or when the taxi is the first on the scene of an accident.

“This training will prove invaluable to the drivers and will give them an Emergency First Aid at Work qualification.”

Councillor Pat Knight, cabinet member for public health, said: “Basic first aid saves lives and doing the correct things at the scene of an accident before emergency services arrive can be critical.

“Everyone should learn basic first aid techniques as you never know when you might need them.”

Taxi driver Aitaman Gurung added: “The training was very useful and has given me the confidence to get involved and help as much as I can if I come across an incident when I’m out driving.”

Health chiefs have also welcomed the move.

Dr Nick Tupper, a GP and chair of NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “A good knowledge of first aid is a skill for life that can be a life saver.

“The more people we have in Doncaster who are trained, confident and able enough to apply that knowledge in an emergency situation the safer the borough will be.”

The training is being offered to Doncaster licensed taxi drivers at only £10 each. Any drivers wishing to book a place should ring 01302 737549, quoting their badge number.