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Ride safely - Fire Bike and Biker Down

We want to reduce motorcycle casualties on the roads in Kent and Medway. 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 Fire Bike 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.

Direct video link: http://www.youtube.com/v/9fvOvB9MqCg

Biker Down! training course

Often bikers ride in groups or pairs and it is usually the case that when one is involved in an accident the first person on the scene will often 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 mechanics of the type of injuries possibly suffered and the issues surrounding helmet removal.

Direct video link: http://www.youtube.com/v/SpYyxJnQ9D0

To respond to this, we are offering a FREE ‘First Aid for Bikers Course. ‘Biker Down’ includes three modules:

Incident scene management

A presentation from a Fire Bike Team member, on scene management and personal safety for a biker happening upon an RTC involving a motorcyclist.

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 Hi – Viz? Looking at the use of conspicuity clothing and Hi-Viz aids. Within in this talk phenomena such as Motion Camouflage and Looming are discussed as well as tips on what you can do to be seen without necessarily  the need for covering 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. We feel this will prove to be a highly valued service within our minority group of road users, who make up the highest casualty rates. Find out more on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/kentfirebike or email james.sanderson@kent.fire-uk.org

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 to the max.  Find out more at:

For any further information please contact Lawrence Pater on 01474 535 943.

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