New St John Ambulance partnership to teach London cabbies first
St John Ambulance and mytaxi have partnered together to develop
the Knowledge +
The Knowledge + programme was launched this week. It will equip
17,500 mytaxi drivers with essential first aid skills, and
knowledge of how to handle emergency situations. For example, acid
attacks, terrorist incidents, and medical crises.
A survey of 1,300 drivers revealed that more and more of them
are first on the scene in emergency incidents.
The survey showed:
- • half of respondents had been booked as an alternative to an
- • 14 respondents had women give birth in their cabs
- • 24% of drivers had come to the aid of the public in a
St John Ambulance is providing group training, and a series of
first aid training videos as part of the programme. Drivers will
have training in vital first aid, covering emergencies such as
choking, acid attacks, CPR, and severe bleeding.
In time, the cabs will be equipped with first aid kits and
‘St John Ambulance is delighted to be working with mytaxi to
develop life saving skills amongst their network of drivers. Taxi
drivers are increasingly first on the scene in an emergency, and we
know that administering first aid in those crucial first few
minutes can be the difference between life and death.
- Michelle Kerrigan, St John Ambulance National