Saturday (June 14) Marks the Beginning of the First Course of Training for Taxi Drivers under the Active Care Program
The first class consists of 15 people handpicked by the Taxi Drivers and Carriers’ Branch Chamber. Eligibility requirements included high school or university diploma, valid paperwork, and a clean bill of health.
In the course of training the drivers will be taught how to administer first aid following traffic or other accidents. The curriculum will include both lessons in theory and skill-building classes. Having completed the training program, drivers will be able to operate in critical situations such as when the injured have sustained respiratory or circulatory system damage, hemorrhage, head trauma, damage to the musculoskeletal system or where the injured have gone into shock. At the end of the course the drivers will have the knowledge and skills to administer first aid before the emergency medical services arrive at the scene.
The training courses will take place at the National Training Center of the Bulgarian Red Cross in the village of Lozen - the Bulgarian Red Cross’s Paramedic School. Teaching the courses will be a team of highly qualified Bulgarian doctors.
In early July Sofia will have its first taxi cabs driven by individuals who have passed the necessary exams and carry licenses to administer first aid following accidents. The same training course will be offered to taxi drivers from other towns and cities across Bulgaria.
The Active Care Project will provide first aid and medical assistance in line with the best European practices in accidents and traffic accidents.