Fleetways Taxis buy defibrillator units and train staff in first aid

Members of the Fleetways team receive their new life-saving kit. Back, left to right: Ben Rushworth, Mick Blows, Christine Greensmith and Richard Benson, front, left to right, Sarah Price, Stewart Arnott, Jim Derry and Paul Stevens

Members of the Fleetways team receive their new life-saving kit. Back, left to right: Ben Rushworth, Mick Blows, Christine Greensmith and Richard Benson, front, left to right, Sarah Price, Stewart Arnott, Jim Derry and Paul Stevens

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A TEAM of York taxi drivers are taking on a lifesaving role in the community, in what is thought to be a UK first.

Teaming up with Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Fleetways Taxis have bought a set of six defibrillator units and trained ten members of staff in first aid, CPR, oxygen and the use of the electric paddles, which can restart the heart of someone suffering cardiac arrest. There will also be another set of defibrillators at the taxi office next to York Station. That means any incidents nearby can be attended by trained staff or Community First Responders who can carry out potentially life-saving treatment until paramedics arrive.

Paul Stevens, locality manager for the YAS Community Resilience Team, said: “We know that in many medical emergencies, the first few minutes are critical.

“If effective treatment can be performed within those first minutes, lives can be saved and disability reduced.

“Taxi drivers are situated in the city centre, work a wide range of hours and are mobile across a large area. This means they could be very well-placed to respond to an emergency situation and help us to save lives at any time, day or night.”

The scheme was launched after a passenger in another firm’s taxi suffered a heart attack near the Fleetways office last summer, and staff could only phone for an ambulance and keep him comfortable until paramedics arrived.

Stewart Arnott, finance director of Fleetways said: “Luckily the ambulance was on scene quickly and he made a full recovery, but we wanted to do more to help.

“It was only when Fleetways really needed a qualified first-aider on hand and we didn’t have one available, that we realised we could make a difference if we trained more staff and drivers in first aid.”

The firm paid about £6,500 for the kits, and the YAS contributed to training and installation of special communication devices, which would alert trained drivers if they were closest to an emergency until paramedics arrive.

Paul said: “They’re not a replacement for the ambulance service, but a support mechanism and every time we send a volunteer we send an ambulance too.”

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11:06am Sat 1 Feb 14

quakerwood says...

Good to see that Fleetways have done this excellent thing. Having got the majority of their drivers qualified to NVQ Level 2 in Road Passenger Vehicle Driving, which includes customer service, it is good to see a progression being made. Congratulations to all involved.
Good to see that Fleetways have done this excellent thing. Having got the majority of their drivers qualified to NVQ Level 2 in Road Passenger Vehicle Driving, which includes customer service, it is good to see a progression being made. Congratulations to all involved. quakerwood
  • Score: 13

11:07am Sat 1 Feb 14

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

What a brilliant idea, a really intelligent example of community collaboration which should really help to save lives in the City.
I hope that the national press pick up this story as it deserves much wider publicity.
What a brilliant idea, a really intelligent example of community collaboration which should really help to save lives in the City. I hope that the national press pick up this story as it deserves much wider publicity. Older Sometimes Wiser
  • Score: 18

2:18pm Sat 1 Feb 14

matroom says...

quakerwood wrote:
Good to see that Fleetways have done this excellent thing. Having got the majority of their drivers qualified to NVQ Level 2 in Road Passenger Vehicle Driving, which includes customer service, it is good to see a progression being made. Congratulations to all involved.
What sort of person would give this a negative mark ?? Sums up whats wrong with this website !! Well done fleetways. Keep up the good COMMUNITY work.
[quote][p][bold]quakerwood[/bold] wrote: Good to see that Fleetways have done this excellent thing. Having got the majority of their drivers qualified to NVQ Level 2 in Road Passenger Vehicle Driving, which includes customer service, it is good to see a progression being made. Congratulations to all involved.[/p][/quote]What sort of person would give this a negative mark ?? Sums up whats wrong with this website !! Well done fleetways. Keep up the good COMMUNITY work. matroom
  • Score: -18

5:21pm Sat 1 Feb 14

amykathleen2005 says...

This is excellent! Thanks for thinking of the community and not just focus on making money.
This is excellent! Thanks for thinking of the community and not just focus on making money. amykathleen2005
  • Score: 17

1:25pm Sun 2 Feb 14

haxbyreds says...

Interesting hope insurance is in place this could open a lot of problems if not done right, my dad died of a heart attack and the ambulance defibrillator did not work so this is something close to me,also looking into this Fleetways have about 80 cars and 6 is a drop in the ocean,a good chance they even have not got one on shift never mind the traffic,for me all gyms should have them plus Central places in towns,
Interesting hope insurance is in place this could open a lot of problems if not done right, my dad died of a heart attack and the ambulance defibrillator did not work so this is something close to me,also looking into this Fleetways have about 80 cars and 6 is a drop in the ocean,a good chance they even have not got one on shift never mind the traffic,for me all gyms should have them plus Central places in towns, haxbyreds
  • Score: -4

2:42pm Sun 2 Feb 14

jmumof3 says...

Excellent idea and very admirable
Excellent idea and very admirable jmumof3
  • Score: 3

2:18am Mon 3 Feb 14

Non-corporate entity says...

are they going to send their customers the bill for saving their life?
are they going to send their customers the bill for saving their life? Non-corporate entity
  • Score: -4

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