Emergency driver initiative

St John Ambulance and RoSPA signing agreement

St John Ambulance is joining forces with The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) to promote and support a programme to improve driving including advanced training for emergency response drivers.

New direction

The partnership represents a new direction for both organisations, with RoSPA becoming involved in emergency response training for the first time and St John Ambulance gaining RoSPA accreditation for its own driver-training school for its 25,000 adult volunteer and staff drivers.

RoSPA will validate the training material and accredit St John Ambulance’s in-house programme. The training will also be made available to other organisations.

Training

The programme will focus on improving drivers’ awareness of road risks and will deliver high-quality practical training to reduce the risks.

With significant overlaps between safer-driving techniques and lower fuel usage, the training will also reduce St John Ambulance’s carbon footprint.

Working together

Errol Taylor, RoSPA Deputy Chief Executive, said: ‘This partnership brings together two of the world's leading charities in our shared goal of saving lives and reducing injuries.'

Tony Guinness, who has produced much of the St John Ambulance in-house material and has led the discussions for St John Ambulance said: ‘I am delighted to have RoSPA as a partner so that our volunteer members and employees can receive accreditation from the country's leading driver-training provider.

‘We have developed a unique package of classroom and on-road training for our staff and volunteers which we believe is the best of its kind. It provides a rigorous framework for us to manage our road risk as an organisation, while also investing in the skills of our individual drivers.’

Courses and qualifications have been designed around foundation and advanced levels, reflecting the experience drivers bring with them and the tasks they need to perform safely for St John Ambulance. As a bonus, St John Ambulance drivers will be able to join RoSPA’s Advanced Drivers and Riders, pass the RoSPA Advanced Driving Test and benefit from preferential insurance rates on their private cars.   

A memorandum of understanding has been signed by both charities to formalise the partnership.