July 7, 2022

50 Ninja Van vehicles to carry AEDs, drivers trained in CPR, first aid in SCDF tie-up

By brit

SINGAPORE – Delivery drivers working for Ninja Van will now not only deliver parcels but can also save lives, as part of a tie-up with the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) to increase the pool of community responders.

Partnering with a courier firm for the first time, SCDF has trained 50 Ninja Van delivery drivers to render cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and basic first aid.

The drivers have also been trained to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs), which are portable devices that send electric shocks to the heart to revive it during a cardiac arrest.

The 50 vehicles they drive will carry these AEDs, as well as fire extinguishers and first aid kits.

This was announced at the launch of the SCDF-Ninja Van AED-on-Wheels programme at the delivery company’s regional office in Bukit Merah on Thursday (July 7).

Minister of State for Home Affairs and Social and Family Development Sun Xueling, who was the guest of honour, said drivers in the programme play an important role in saving lives.

She said: “There is a saying that nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something. This is especially true during an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest case, where a victim’s chance of survival has been found to drop by 7 per cent to 10 per cent with each passing minute without CPR intervention.

“This is especially vital in areas with limited AED coverage, which is why the AED-on-Wheels programme is important as the participating drivers could potentially bring life-saving help while plying the roads.”

The participating delivery vehicles can also be deployed for other emergencies, including minor fires and traffic accidents, and will feature decals on their front windscreens that identify them.

Drivers who are part of the programme will be alerted to emergencies within a 1.5km radius of their location through the myResponder app.

As at end-May, 178 taxi and private-hire drivers in the programme have arrived on scenes of emergency after being alerted via the myResponder app.

This marks the fifth collaboration between the SCDF and an external organisation in its AED-on-Wheels programme.

The programme, which aims to increase the availability of roving AEDs in the community, first started in November 2015 with 100 Strides taxis.

This was later expanded to include collaborations with the now-defunct HDT Taxi, Grab and ComfortDelGro. The 50 AEDs in HDT taxis have been redeployed to ComfortDelGro cabs.

The programme now has 260 drivers across the different firms.