Auto drivers’ training in first aid saves 14 lives


Ahmedabad RTO and the Rotary Club of Ahmedabad Supreme’s joint project  for Training Three Wheeler Drivers in ‘First Aid’ has come as a savior for many road accident victims. Their idea was simple: 

“In case of road accidents, an ambulance may take 15 to 20 minutes to reach the spot. Usually the injured are shifted in a hurry by other commuters . This can lead to further damage to the injured as the helping hands will not know how to take care and support the injured. Also, due to lack of medical care the critically injured might not survive.

If three wheeler drivers can be trained into First Aids, the injured can be taken care by them at the site of accident, till the professional help of 108 ambulances is available.”

Taking forward this idea, they started training auto drivers. Since the month of July 2012, a total of 14 road accident victims were given basic first aid, which went a long way in saving them. Incidentally, in all the 14 cases, the first aid was administered by auto-drivers plying on the city roads.

These auto drivers were among the first batch of commercial vehicle drivers trained under a project . The first batch was trained by the EMRI. Buoyed by the success of the project, the RTO along with the club on Thursday launched a plan to train 50 commercial vehicle drivers in basic first aid. The drivers will be trained by Red Cross and St John’s ambulance service.

 Hope people are inspired by this project to initiate similar endeavors in their cities.



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