Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service are running free "Biker Down" courses throughout the year to give motorcyclists and other road users the skills they need to help bikers who may have been involved in an accident.
Each course lasts four hours and is split into four modules:
• June 17th
• July 22nd
• August 27th
• September 24th
• October 22nd
• November 26th
Please check the course is running and book at place, please don't just turn up.
Module 1 – First on scene – this module includes an introduction into the course followed by detailed input on risk assessment, prioritisation of activities, calling the emergency services & giving accurate details, parking safely on arrival, scene safety, hazards that can be encountered at an incident and how to deal with each, managing adrenaline & generally staying calm & safe.
Module 2 – First Aid – this module covers basic live saving first aid techniques that can be applied when arriving first on scene. We cover managing the airway, breathing & circulation of casualties whilst reiterating being mindful of the hazards detailed in module 1.
We also perform a 'Motorcycle Helmet' removal demonstration and allow participants to practise the correct technique for this.
Module 3 – Avoiding the accident – this module enlightens attendees with current statistics with regards to motorcycle accidents, the most common causes of motorcycle accidents including both motion camouflage and the looming effect. The module concludes with a discussion on some advanced riding techniques that can be used to reduce the chance of becoming involved in an accident.
Module 4 – The Law – this module covers various aspects of the law and how it can affect persons involved in an RTC (such as modifications to vehicles invalidating your insurance). It also covers the information the Police will require after a serious collision, what to expect from the Police after a collision, the court process including what to expect if you are required to give evidence and finally a 'frequently asked questions' session covering several other interesting topics.
"Biker Down!" courses run throughout the year at Shefford Community Fire Station. The next one is on June 17th from 10am to 2pm and then at least once a month during the rest of the year. Anyone who would like more information, or to book a place, should contact: Bikerdown_team@bedsfire.com