McGill’s drivers equipped with first aid knowledge

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McGill’s Buses celebrated its first batch of graduates to have successfully completed their Emergency First Aid at Work course today.

Colin Napier, area manager for McGill’s – the bus service which provides Bute residents with links from Wemyss Bay - confirmed that more than forty of the company’s drivers and service delivery team have passed the course, which forms part of their driver CPC training, with flying colours.

Commenting on the success of the road-based team, Colin said: “The majority of the half a million journeys on a McGill’s Bus every week are without incident, but there are occasions when a passenger may become unwell whilst on board a bus. I am delighted that the McGill’s team will have the knowledge to respond and deal with a number of these situations in a professional, helpful and safe manner. It is our intention to roll this course out to every driver in the company.”

Tony Dowling, a member of McGill’s service delivery team who received his certificate today has

already put his first aid training to the test: “Only last week, I responded to a minor incident involving an elderly passenger on board one of our buses. The lady in question felt faint and the first aid training received just kicked in: I boarded the bus, was able to quickly assess the passenger and take the appropriate action.”