With the first cycle of Driver CPC training now complete, Driver First Assist (DFA) is inviting transport managers to a number of their free taster sessions to encourage fleets to add life-saving skills to their training schedules.
Driver First Assist is a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to populate the UK road network with drivers (DFAs) who have been trained to provide life-saving first aid and manage the scene at road traffic collisions (RTC), prior to the arrival of the emergency services.
Every DFA course counts as seven hours towards Driver CPC training and is uniquely carried out by serving or recently serving emergency services personnel.
DFA founder David Higginbottom said: “We have had an overwhelmingly positive response from drivers who have already attended the course. Our feedback shows that providing drivers with the correct procedures when faced with an RTC, not only gives the individual a sense of empowerment, but also creates a positive image for the industry as a whole.
“RTCs cost the UK economy in the region of £1.5 billion a year, have huge impact on delivery schedules and cause terrible human tragedy. Creating a community of trained DFAs on our roads will not only potentially allow emergency services to reopen roads more quickly, but of course can assist immeasurably in lowering casualty figures.”
To encourage transport managers to experience the benefits of the DFA training for themselves, primary sponsor of Driver First Assist, national business law firm DWF, will be offering companies two free places on a Driver First Assist training course, with a number of dates and locations available across the UK. The dates are:
- Glasgow – 30 October
- Manchester – 6 November
- Birmingham – 11 November
- London – 18 November