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Road safety for bikers

Road safety for bikers

We want to reduce motorcycle casualties on the roads in Kent and Medway. Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) goes to hundreds of road crashes involving motorcycles and scooters every year. Riders will have been trapped, seriously injured or killed.

The FireBike scheme

Our FireBike team goes to events and track days to talk to riders about road safety.

They also hold Pit Stop events where riders can stop off from their journeys and chat about the risks they face on the road.

Celebrity supporters include dancer and TV star James Jordan as well as adventurer Charley Boorman, who visited KFRS to endorse the scheme.

Biker Down! training course    

As bikers tend to ride in groups or pairs, it is usually the case that when one is involved in an accident the first person on the scene will be a fellow biker.

Many clubs and groups discuss the need for the training of riders in how to deal with a crashed biker. Injured motorcyclists need to be dealt with in a specific manner by a first aider due to the type of injuries possibly suffered and the issues of helmet removal.

Biker Down! is a free first aid course for bikers, including three modules:

Incident scene management

A presentation from the FireBike team, on-scene management and personal safety for a biker happening upon a crash involving a fellow biker.

Casualty care

This module is delivered by qualified life support instructors from KFRS with motorcycle first aid-specific expertise, covering; trauma and mechanism of injury, snatch rescues, why when and how, basic life support, CPR, managing spinal injuries and crash helmet removal - when and how.

The science of being seen

During this session the attendees receive instruction and advice on conspicuity - how effective is high-vis? This talk also covers phenomena such as 'motion camouflage' and 'looming', as well as tips on what you can do to be seen without the need to cover yourself head to foot in luminous yellow!

This module is delivered by Kevin Williams of Survival Skills Motorcycle Training who is an advanced instructor and widely experienced as both an author of several motorcycling books and as a lead rider, regularly leading parties of bikers, both in this country and abroad.

Our aim is to offer this course to all bikers. Find out more on our Facebook page at  http://www.facebook.com/kentfirebike or email  bikerdown@kent.fire-uk.org.

Biker Down contacts

What else you can do

Every year bikes become faster, lighter and sharper so it makes sense that you need to be sharper too. By developing your skills and putting the emphasis on yourself to avoid unsafe situations you can enjoy your bike as much as possible. Find out more at:

For any further information please contact the KFRS Community Safety team on 01622 692 121.

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