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Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) has received recognition for its road safety initiatives at the ‘Alarm, Public Risk Management Association Annual Awards’.
The awards, which were presented by BBC One Show host Lucy Siegle, are highly regarded as a measure of excellence within public risk management and acknowledge original projects, initiatives and programmes carried out across all types of public sector organisations.
KFRS was presented with an award in the ‘people risk’ category for its motorcycle safety training course, ‘Biker Down’ and was also highly commended in the ‘community risk’ category for its multi-agency road safety initiative ‘Licence to Kill?’ aimed at young people.
‘Biker Down’ is a pioneering course developed by KFRS to help reduce the number of bikers killed or seriously injured following a road traffic collision. Only 1% of motorists are bikers but they account for a staggering 25% of those killed or seriously injured on Kent’s roads.
Launched in August 2011, the free course is delivered by the KFRS Fire Bike team, KFRS First-Aid instructors and volunteers from the biking community. Unlike other rider courses, Biker Down is unique in offering first aid training in addition to safer riding tips.
Licence to Kill? is a hard-hitting multi-agency initiative developed to educate 16-18 year-olds about the responsibility young drivers have for the safety of themselves, their passengers and other road users.
KFRS Chief Executive Ann Millington said: “Road safety continues to be a key priority for Kent Fire and Rescue Service and I am proud that our projects have been recognised in this way by the Public Risk Management Association.
She continued: “I would like to thank the teams involved for their continued hard work in delivering these schemes, which contribute towards our commitment to reducing the number of casualties on Kent’s roads.”
Alarm Chairman, Wayne Rigby, commented: “All of the finalists and winners in the 2013 Alarm Annual Awards are deserving of acknowledgement for their original projects, initiatives and programmes. Alarm has always been committed to supporting excellence across all types of public service organisation, and we are pleased at the wide range of entries we received this year. As our winners demonstrate, managing risk is in the foundations of all that they do – adding value, ensuring good governance and improving performance.”
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For photographs from the presentation ceremony as well as photographs of the Biker Down Team with the Alarm Award, please visit the KFRS photo library www.kentfirephotos.co.uk. Click here for more information on KFRS’s Biker Down scheme.
About Alarm - Alarm is the public risk management association. Members are drawn from across the public services, including national and local government, health, housing, education, police and fire & rescue services. Alarm’s mission is supporting excellence in public services. The association is achieving this mission through developing and supporting best practice in public risk management, representing the interests of public risk practitioners and promoting excellence in the use of risk management.