London cabbies to get more knowledge – in first aid and dealing with terror attacks
has developed a course to boost the “health, safety and people skills” of its 17,500 drivers in the capital.
The Knowledge+ programme, which takes its name from the navigation exam sat by all London taxi drivers, includes life-saving techniques such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use a defibrillator.
Participants will also be taught how to deal with emergencies such as acid attacks, choking, strokes and severe bleeding.
Chris Phillips, former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, will advise on counter-terrorism and security training, while a psychologist will provide body language tips in a bid to help drivers put passengers at ease by reading situations more easily.
Mytaxi commissioned a survey of more than 1,300 cab drivers which revealed they are increasingly standing in for the emergency services and facing dangerous situations.
Michelle Kerrigan, of St John Ambulance, which is supporting the course, said: “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.”