New course to promote motorbike safety

“Biker Down” is being run by Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service.

It will offer people the chance to learn practical skills to help avoid being involved in a crash, as well as essential first - aid and advice on what to do should they find themselves first on the scene of a crash where someone is injured.

The Biker Down workshops will be delivered free of charge for small informal groups  by fire fighters  at local fire stations..

The course is made up of three modules, including accident scene management, motorcycle specific first-aid training i.e. CPR, managing major bleeds and helmet removal and classroom-based tuition on the science of being seen.

Biker Down was originally developed by Kent Fire and Rescue Fire Bike Team to prepare motorcyclists should the worst happen on the roads.

Mick Clarke, Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Road Safety Manager and a keen motorcyclist said: “You are the first on the scene of an accident involving a biker. Do you know what to do? Would you know who is most at risk, how to protect the area or whether you should remove the helmet of a downed rider?”

“Actions taken in the first few moments after any accident can be crucial in minimising injuries and can make a real difference to the lives of those involved. But there can be some uncertainty about what to do in these situations.”

“Motorcyclists make up 1% of road traffic but account for 19% of road collisions. I would encourage all bikers to attend our free Biker Down workshop.”

The launch will take place at FRS HQ, Sterling Road, Kidlington, OX5 2DU On 3 August 2015 at 7.30pm – 10.30pm.


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