Title: Biker Down (training course/workshop)

Organisation: Kent Fire & Rescue Service
Date uploaded: 30th May 2017
Date published/launched: Pre 2009

Biker Down is based on the premise that what bikers want is practical advice and relevant knowledge as opposed to finger wagging, shaking heads and advice on the fact that bikes are dangerous.

The Biker Down course offers people the opportunity to train in essential life skills and knowledge to help them cope should they encounter or be involved in a road traffic collision.

The course is designed to bring about a sense of responsibility when out on the road and hopefully a change in attitude in both riding technique and how bikers would react at the roadside.

The course is free to all bikers of all ages and abilities, so that there is no financial barrier to taking part.

From small beginnings the course has steadily grown to gain national coverage. December 2012 saw it gain a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award, followed by a National 'Alarm' Award in August 2013. There now (May 2017) 32 areas around Scotland, England Wales and the Channel Islands running the course, with several more areas in the process of setting it up.

While Biker Down is primarily a Fire and Rescue Service-led initiative, in many areas it is run by road safety partners. Examples include Powys Road Safety Authority, Surrey IAM and Sussex Police and even the United States Air Force at RAF Molesworth.

The Biker Down workshop lasts approximately three hours and is broken down into three modules:
• Module one: Looks at the initial scene management and the protection of those present and risk assessing the scene.

• Module two: Focuses on assessing the casualty when dealing with trauma, and when and how to safely remove a motorcyclist’s helmet.

• Module three: Focuses on issues surrounding being seen as a motorcyclist including motion camouflage, saccadic masking and issues around ineffective conspicuity strategies.

For more information contact:
Jim Sanderson, Kent Fire & Rescue Service
T: 01622 692 121

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