Posted on 01/30/2020
Amazon drivers learning CPR
Amazon drivers learning CPR

The British Heart Foundation has announced it is helping to train drivers who deliver parcels to Amazon customers across the UK in life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) so that they can respond to emergencies when out on the road. They are working in partnership with Amazon and more than 100 independent delivery companies across the UK, to offer free training to thousands of drivers.

The BHF has trained Amazon instructors in CPR and they will now pass on their new skills to drivers during 30-minute CPR training sessions. The initiative builds on a program Amazon introduced in 2019 to train employees in its London offices in CPR.

Every year in the UK, there are more than 30,000 cardiac arrests outside of a hospital setting. However, the survival rate is only one in ten. For every minute that passes without CPR or defibrillation, the chance of survival reduces by up to 10%. In some instances, CPR can more than double a person’s chances of survival.

Jacob West, our Director of Healthcare Innovation, said: “CPR is a life-saving skill that only takes 30 minutes to learn. Unfortunately, in the UK there are far too many people dying of a cardiac arrest, often because people don’t have the skills or confidence to perform CPR. It’s vital that CPR training reaches as many people as possible. Drivers deliver Amazon orders to millions of people across the UK every year. This unique partnership will mean we put potential lifesavers on to every street in the UK. A cardiac arrest can happen anywhere to anyone, but more lives can be saved thanks to Amazon’s commitment to training drivers of more than 100 independent delivery companies.”

Kerry-Anne Lawlor, Country Director of Amazon Logistics, said: “We regularly see examples where drivers delivering Amazon parcels for our delivery service partners act selflessly when out on their routes to help others. We are delighted to work with the British Heart Foundation to be able to offer drivers lifesaving CPR training to respond in emergency situations.”

SOURCE: British Heart Foundation