Driver First Assist receives DfT funding

Not-for-profit road safety scheme Driver First Assist (DFA) has won funding from the Department of Transport (DfT) to help raise awareness and fund training for the ‘first responder’ program. 

Announced at a special event int he House of Commons, transport secretary John Hayes also announced a new partnership with the Road Haulage Association (RHA), offering discounted DFA training offered to the association’s members.

DFA trains drivers to use life-saving techniques at the roadside, so they can provide first aid at the scene of a collision. First response care can make a big difference in the seconds and minutes before paramedics arrive at the scene.

Richard Burnett, RHA chief executive, says: “The DFA scheme ticks all our boxes. Crucial emergency training really can make the difference between life and death for the victim. Regrettably, we can’t stop road accidents from happening, but a seven-hour course could well make the difference between life and death.”

The DFA courses are available to RHA members from this month, either on site or at RHA’s offices in Peterborough, Bradford and Livingstone.

Every DFA course counts towards Driver CPC training and has the support of all three emergency services. Instructors are either currently serving or recently retired traffic police officers, fire officers & paramedics.