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A Mississauga bus driver who is being hailed a hero for giving CPR to a passenger who hada heart attack iscalling for first aid training for all transit operators in the GTA.

Ben Elliott, a 10 year veteran with MiWay transit, said a Peel Paramedics dispatcher had to walk him through CPR step by step last Thursday after a man heart stopped while on his bus.

was very traumatic, Elliott said. was a bad situation for sure and very shortly after it got actually a lot worse.

Elliott said the man couldn speak, his hands were tight against his chest and he was gurgling and growling. The two men then called 911. Elliott and another passenger moved the man to the floor of the bus, put the phone on speaker and placed it on a nearby seat.

Elliott said when the man stopped making any sounds, he told the dispatcher to hurry crews to his location. That when the dispatcher told him he have to perform CPR.

dispatcher was absolutely phenomenal, Elliott said. said everything I needed to hear to help calm me down and get me [to do] what I needed to do. said the life and death incident shows all bus operators should get basic first aid training.

do strongly believe that it is something that should beoffered, he said.

Jack Jackson, president of ATU Local 1572, the union representing MiWay bus operators,
mulberry shopping Hero bus driver calls for first aid training for all operators
said it something that should be considered across the country.

think the biggest takeaway is that this isn shocking for us, Jackson said. see our operators jump into action all across Canada. said there are no immediate plans to expand the standard five week training given to all operators.

large part of it is driving, said Patrick Phaneuf, senior manager of transit operations. there also customer service, customer relations and a good component is recognizing emergency medical situations. TTC, the largest and oldest urban transit provider in the GTA, trains its transit enforcement unit in first aid, along with selected station staff. Its subway, streetcar and bus operators donot get first aid training.

operators on all of our vehicles have what called a trump unit that allows them to connect right back to transit control, who then can dispatch emergency crews as needed, said TTC spokesman Stuart Green.
mulberry shopping Hero bus driver calls for first aid training for all operators