THE BRITISH Heart Foundation will teach thousands of Amazon delivery drivers CPR so they can respond to emergencies when on the road.
The charity is working with the online retailer and more than 100 independent delivery companies across the UK to offer the free training.
It says the 30 minute lessons will “put potential lifesavers on to every street in the UK”.
There are more than 30,000 cardiac arrests outside of hospitals in the UK every year but the survival rate is less than one in ten.
For every minute that passes without cardiopulmonary resuscitation or defibrillation, the chance of survival reduces by up to 10 per cent.
In some instances, CPR can more than double a person’s chances of survival.
Survival rates are up to 25 per cent higher in some parts of Europe where CPR is widely taught.
Jacob West, from the BHF, said: “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.”
He added: “CPR is a lifesaving 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.”
Kerry-Anne Lawlor, from 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.”
The initiative builds on a programme Amazon introduced in 2019 to train employees in its London offices in CPR.