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Rescuers give bus driver first aid
A BUS driver collapsed in the grounds of Beaminster School and had to be given CPR on scene by paramedics.
The man, who was in his 60s, was taken by ambulance to the Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester after the suspected heart attack on the afternoon of Friday February 10.
The incident happened in the coach park witnessed by students.
The school sent a letter to parents acknowledging that some pupils could have been upset by seeing attempts to revive the First bus driver.
The letter states: “As some of you may have been made aware one of our bus drivers collapsed in the bus park and required medical intervention by paramedics including CPR, which some students witnessed.
“We have spoken to as many students as possible but this would have been an upsetting experience for some.
“Please be assured that we are happy to deal with any remaining issues after half term. We will of course let those concerned about the driver’s condition once we are made aware.”
Matt Kitchin First Hampshire & Dorset general manager said the driver, who comes from the Bridport area, was expected to make a full recovery.
Mr Kitchin said he was first helped on the scene by members of the school and another bus driver.
He said: “It was not a pleasant experience for everyone involved but we would like to thank those at the scene for assisting our driver while waiting for the emergency services.
“The driver was taken to Dorchester Hospital. It is exceptionally rare for drivers to be taken ill during the course of their duties and all bus drivers undergo medical checks at five yearly intervals from the age of 45.”
No one from First wanted to comment but confirmed the driver was recovering.