Derry taximen driving extra mile to save lives

Local taxi drivers have signed up to the Heart of Foyle First Responder Scheme.

Local taxi drivers have signed up to the Heart of Foyle First Responder Scheme.

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Derry taxi drivers are driving the extra mile to save lives by becoming Northern Ireland’s first taxi driver first responder scheme.

Local taxi drivers have received Emergency Life Support (ELS) training and are now equipped with the skills that will help save local lives.

North West Taxi Proprietors (NWTP) has teamed up with British Heart Foundation (BHF) Northern Ireland, Western Urgent Care, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS), Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) and the Big Lottery Fund to launch the Heart of Foyle First Responder scheme.

The Heart of Foyle First Responder Scheme is being rolled out across Derry City and went live over the weekend.

Currently 12 taxi drivers have been trained by the Western Trust Resuscitation training team in Altnagelvin Hospital, in partnership with the Ambulance Service. They will be dispatched to specific calls if they are available to attend.

The taxi drivers have been trained to respond to a number of specific situations until emergency services arrive.

Drivers will have the knowledge to put people in the recovery position and, should the individual require further assistance, participating taxi drivers will carry defibrillators in their vehicles and use them where appropriate and necessary.

For more info, taximen can contact Tel: 028 7136 2556.