The founder of Civil Aid Brigade is Andrew Taylor, a London based lawyer and daily Tube commuter who has first-hand experience of the tragedy of a terror attack in a subway. He was in the carriage next to the one where 12 people died and numerous others  were injured by the Sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subway in 1995. Andrew thankfully left the station before being affected by the gas.

The almost continuous daily reporting of bike accidents, pedestrians being run over and car and bus accidents in London and other big cities suggests we should all be better prepared to help those injured. Recent tragic terror events in Manchester (Arena bombing, 2017),  London (Westminster Bridge, 2017), Nice, France (Nice promenade, 2016), Orlando, Florida (Pulse Nightclub, 2016) and Paris, France (Bataclan, 2015),have further inspired the desire to offer free training in advanced triage first aid skills to help anyone in need of urgent medical care.  The key is to be able to provide "first responder" medical aid until the authorities can arrive. Crucial to this is the need to provide effective care in the first"golden hour" of someone being badly injured.