Taxi drivers, especially those working in busy city centres, often take fares who are drunk or otherwise intoxicated. They see a lot of injuries, especially when waiting in taxi queues outside busy nightspots.
This is why one group of taxi drivers has decided to better prepare themselves for their weekend work around the pubs and clubs of London, by attending a first aid training course.
Explaining why his taxi firm has decided to get first aid training, operations manager Tony Ellis said:
“I brought my guys here today because I think gaining first aid knowledge would really help in their work. They work very late at night and come across a lot of incidents. Almost all the time, we are the first ones on the scene.
“The drivers regularly see people get violently ill or collapse because they are drunk or have taken other substances. Most of us already step in and help, but if our drivers know what to do they are more likely to be able to help in an appropriate way.”
On the course, the drivers were likely to have learnt about wounds, injuries and bleeding, what to do if someone is unconscious or not breathing, as well as basic CPR skills.