London cab­bies to get more knowl­edge – in first aid and deal­ing with ter­ror at­tacks

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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.”

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