Driver First Assist (DFA) is a not-for-profit driver training organisation and home to the UK’s community of first responders on the road. By reducing road traffic collision casualties, we are improving safety standards of the road transport industry.
Created by David Higginbottom in June 2013 and launched at the Commercial Vehicle Show in 2014 in partnership with Matthew Yates, DFA is supported nationally by all three emergency services, the NHS, the Department for Transport and Highways England.
DFA’s driver training course trains professional drivers in basic first aid techniques that provides instant help for injured drivers before the emergency services arrive. The course also trains drivers to play a key role in the communication of critical information required to best prepare the emergency services.
When a Road Traffic Collision (RTC) happens, the first people to arrive are often drivers. These drivers are key to reducing fatalities. Blocked airways are a common cause of death at an RTC.
Without treatment, death normally occurs within 4 minutes. The ambulance target time to get to the scene of an RTC is 8 minutes. Driver First Assist exists to save those lives that would otherwise be lost.
In partnership with the emergency services our driver training course empowers drivers to respond effectively at the scene of an emergency on the road.
When a DFA member arrives at the scene of an RTC, they have the capability to provide immediate lifesaving assistance to the casualties involved and to work with the emergency services on their way.
Our single aim is to produce a cohort of specialist trained drivers with the capability to save lives. Our members are trained to deliver lifesaving first aid and situation management in the critical minutes between an RTC occurring and the emergency services arriving at the scene.
Our members are an on-road community of trained first responders equipped to act in the first critical moments after an RTC. We believe by training a considerable number of drivers, including HGV, van, car fleet and bus and coach drivers, that we can reduce RTC fatalities.
DFA’s members are a national community of specialist trained drivers. They deliver effective first aid to reduce casualties and simultaneously enhance the emergency services own ability to perform. By providing them with critical information, we help ensure the right resources arrive in the shortest possible time. The moment the paramedics arrive on scene, they also receive an onsite situation report. Incidents are dealt with effectively, getting everyone on the move again.
For drivers looking to comply with the Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) regulations, DFA’s driver CPC course is an opportunity for professional drivers to learn new skills by training to become members.
An external opinion and description of DFA’s training course
“Why Driver First Assist training? First responders can make the difference between the patient being alive when the emergency services arrive, and indeed will impact very much on the quality of their recovery from their injuries. In addition, they will have a knowledge of road safety, of command and control at the incident, can deliver first aid, and can be of assistance in ensuring the ambulance service are fully informed about the incident itself, can ensure that the ambulance service have the knowledge about the appropriate access to the scene, and they can be of assistance to the crews as well.”
Sir Keith Porter, Professor of Clinical Traumatology, Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Birmingham
Sir Keith Porter
Professor of Clinical Traumatology
Queen Elizabeth II Hospital
Former Police Traffic Officer
Central Motorway Police Group
DFA Senior Trainer
Road Haulage Association