- Global programme first launched in the UK brought to Singapore's shores with the Singapore Red Cross Society
Food delivery service Deliveroo, together with homegrown humanitarian organisation Singapore Red Cross, held a First Aid training course for a select group of riders, as part of the firm's efforts to equip its riders with vital skills and first aid knowledge to respond in emergencies. With this first aid knowledge, Deliveroo riders are now empowered to respond and make a difference in situations where life-saving first aid is required by members of the public. The programme has been introduced to riders in the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong, and now in Singapore. Globally, the firm aims to equip over 3,000 riders with basic First Aid knowledge.
Held at the Singapore Red Cross Academy at Red Cross House, the two-hour Essential First Aid with CPR + AED session, conducted by approved trainers certified by the Global First Aid Reference Centre, covered important aspects on emergencies involving bleeding, choking or unresponsiveness in adults. Riders who attended the training gained confidence in dealing with such emergencies, helping to tackle the problem where people are not able to receive life-saving first aid before emergency services arrive.
Each rider will receive a certificate of participation after completing the training. Skills learnt from the course are in line with international standards, and are transferable anywhere in the world, which means that riders would be able to help anyone, anywhere.
"Our riders are a force for good in local communities and equipping our rider fleet with such essential skills can make a world of difference. They go above and beyond to deliver Singaporeans' favourite food, and we wanted to empower our riders with the necessary skills and confidence to step in and make a difference in the instance when members of the public need help the most," said Siddharth Shanker, General Manager of Deliveroo Singapore.
"In an emergency, the first few minutes are crucial to saving lives and having a first-aider on scene can make or break a situation. Deliveroo riders are on the go all the time, and having this valuable knowledge can be really important when it comes to such instances. Through the riders, we hope to raise awareness about the importance of first aid learning as a live-saving skill," said Mr Ambrose Lee, Deputy Head and Principal Trainer for First Aid and Life Support, Singapore Red Cross Academy.
"The course was really eye-opening for me. I found it really beneficial to learn such First Aid skills and I am much more confident to step in when I see that members of the public need help," said Deliveroo rider Yunus Nurlindiawati.