New driver first aid scheme supported by logistics industry

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Gist and the Road Haulage Association are supporting a new initiative that aims to reduce road traffic collision casualties, after it was estimated that 46 per cent of fatalities could be prevented if first aid assistance was available at the scene.

The scheme, Driver First Assist, will provide professional drivers with training in basic first aid and instruct them on how to manage an collision scene prior to the arrival of the emergency services.

Founder David Higginbottom said: “Simple first aid techniques could do much to reduce casualties while the emergency services own ability to perform would be dramatically enhanced by receiving an onsite situation report the moment they arrive on scene.”

The RHA’s director of policy, Jack Semple, said: “This outstanding scheme will help to save lives and will be of value to everyone involved. Many in the road haulage profession will want to be a part of it.”

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