Firefighters provide safety training for bikers
Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) has launched a training initiative to reduce the number and severity of motorcycle casualties across the county.
The Biker Down course is designed for riders of motorcycles, mopeds and scooters, of all ages and experience. The course is free to attend and teaches practical skills to help bikers avoid collisions, and gives motorcycle-specific first aid training.
Biker Down was devised in Kent but is now being delivered by the HFRS Fire Bike Team at local fire stations across Hertfordshire. The course teaches essential first-aid and gives advice to bikers about what to do should they find themselves first on the scene of a motorcycle collision.
The course comprises three modules: accident scene management; motorcycle-specific first-aid training; and classroom-based tuition on safer riding techniques.
Participants receive a certificate of attendance, a biker safety pack and a laminated 'aide memoir' of what to do should they come across an accident.
Tony Smith, from HFRS Fire Bike Team, said: "Instead of just teaching bikers about consequences, we believe that the information provided in Biker Down will encourage a sense of responsibility and a change in attitude, both in motorcyclists' riding technique and how they react at the roadside."
Contact Tony Smith for more information.
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