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A first-aider from Essex is training London’s iconic black cab drivers to help save lives

The recent London terror attacks have inspired Danny Hyde, from Loughton, to provide free first aid training for taxi drivers across the capital.

Danny is a qualified first-aider and trainer who draws upon 12 years’ experience as a first responder.

His charitable act has been motivated by the response by heroic cabbies who were first on scene to assist victims during the London Bridge Terror Attack, in June this year.

Danny says: “This topic is close to home as I have lots of friends and extended family that are black cab drivers. I was moved by the reoccurring news stories of fearless drivers escorting people to safety for free, but questioned what would happen if the passengers were severely injured. My first thought was, could I give them the skills to help under such high pressure?”

Danny’s first course was with London cabbies who volunteer with the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans. The two-hour session, run at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, home of the Chelsea Pensioners, highlighted the appropriate methods of treating somebody who may be experiencing a cardiac arrest.

Driver and committee member of the Taxi Charity, Graham Pike, said: “This was a very informative course that gives you the confidence to deal with a first aid situation. We’re hoping to spread the word around the trade so as many cabbies as possible can benefit from Danny’s training and maybe even save a life in the crucial minutes before the emergency services get to the scene.”

Since April 2011, the ambulance trusts in England have been required to respond to life threatening or time-critical calls within eight minutes.

On 3 June 2017, the ambulance crews were called to the scene on London Bridge at 22:07. They arrived within six minutes and treated over 48 patients.

Danny’s next course for cab drivers is on the 21 September in Barnet. This is his third session and will be completely free.

To find out more or to register, contact Danny on 07966 101931 or send an email to



About Emergency First Aid Ltd

Founded in 2012, Emergency First Aid Ltd is a health and safety approved First Aid Training Company. It teaches nationally recognised courses, with particular focus on Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW). A one hour Save a Life session costs £10 per person, incorporating:

  • CPR for Adults, Babies and Children

  • The Recovery Position

  • Assisting a Person who is Choking


Rachel Jones, Cheltenham Communications on behalf of the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans Tel: 07825 568244 Email:

Emergency First Aid Ltd: Danny Hyde, 07966 101931 Taxi Charity: Graham Pike, 07760 316878

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