Driver First Assist is supported by the Ambulance Service
Driver First Assist is supported by the Fire and Rescue Service
Driver First Assist is supported by the Police Service
Driver First Assist is supported by the UK’s Traffic Commissioners
Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Anthony Marsh says:
The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives is delighted to endorse this important programme. We look forward to working in partnership with DFA to ensure the highest standard of first aid training is provided to all who participate. Sadly, road traffic collisions sometimes result in people suffering life threatening injuries where every minute counts to their chances of survival. By providing professional drivers, who are often first to witness or come across such incidents, with basic life support training and the knowledge to know what to do will ultimately mean patients get the care they need whilst emergency help is en route.
Steve Apter, Chief Fire Officer and Chief Fire Officers Association Lead on Transportation – Roads, says:
We are delighted to be able to support the launch of the Driver First Assist scheme. The reduction of death and injuries on our roads is a key priority for the Chief Fire Officers Association and this scheme which will see professional drivers trained in basic first aid techniques will allow instant help for injured drivers before the emergency services arrive.
Association of Chief Police Officers, Roads Policing Lead Chief Constable Suzette Davenport says:
Road deaths and serious injuries are devastating but preventable, so we must work together towards eliminating them. The Driver First Assist scheme has been established to enable trained drivers from volunteer companies to spontaneously assist those casualties at collision scenes discovered in the course of their daily work. I believe that such early interventions will help support emergency responders in saving life and reducing congestion.
Senior Traffic Commissioner Mrs Beverly Bell says:
I was delighted to hear of the launch of the Driver First Assist initiative. It is a sad fact that lorry, bus and coach drivers are exposed to road traffic incidents and are sometimes one of the first on the scene. This initiative, which will provide important first aid training to drivers, could make a significant difference to individuals who are tragically involved in road traffic collisions. Traffic Commissioners have always championed the skills and professionalism of the road haulage and passenger transport industries – the majority of professional drivers comply with the law and do an excellent job. This initiative could not only extend that image further but also now give them the skills to save a life.