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How To Respond At The Scene Of An Accident

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If you happen upon the scene of a road accident before the arrival of emergency services, would you know how to help? Apparently, more than 20% would not, and would not even stop through fear of doing the wrong thing. If you aren't sure how to respond when faced with an emergency situation, non-profit organisation, Driver First Assist, has launched a new course aimed at educating drivers on how to help out at the scene of an accident before the arrival of paramedics.

The first few minutes after an accident can be crucial in determining life or death for victims, so first aid skills could be incredibly valuable at the scene. The ambulance, fire and police services are all backing the project to give drivers life saving skills. According to DFA, fatalities from road traffic accidents could potentially be reduced by nearly half, if more drivers were trained in how to provide first aid.

The course is split into two components: the first part focuses on practical aspects, such as how to behave at the scene of an accident, including where to park to avoid getting in the way or use it to block off the accident site and how to assess safety issues at the scene. The course puts across a very clear message that you must look to your own safety before seeing to others, no matter what. Practical exercises as part of the course could include learning how to isolate the scene of an accident on a motorway and diverting traffic, plus learning what information the emergency services need and how to identify an exact location.

The second part of the course is a lesson in giving first aid, including how to administer CPR and use a defibrillator. A test at the end of the course ensures you have understood correctly, and successful students receive a high vis vest featuring the DFA logo, which is recognised by emergency services. DFA courses are currently aimed at professional drivers but are available for anyone. 3.5 million professional drivers use the roads every day and the DFA would like to train at least 70,000 of them. This would be a similar ratio to the number of first aiders required in an office environment.

The DFA believes basic first aid training should be made part of the driving test, and surveys suggest a large part of the population agrees. The Institute of Advanced Motorists is backing the DFA.

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