The Devon County Show proved the ideal environment for Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Motorcycle advocates to advice on Motorbike safety, especially a new course called ‘Biker Down’ run by firefighters, which will take place on Saturday, June 6.
Chris Lancaster, one of the fire services motorbike safety advocates, explained: “We are here today with Devon County Council promoting motorbike safety, and talking about a new initiative we’ve introduced called Biker Down. We are offering a free first aid course created by bikers for bikers designed specifically for treating injured riders. The course explains what to do if you’re ever riding with mates and someone is unlucky and comes off, or you come across another biker that has come off his motorbike.”
Biker Down involves a three hour course that is broken down into three parts, the first part looks at managing scene safety. The second part gives advice on what treatment to deliver to different injuries so if the biker is hurt but talking or hurt but unconscious etc. This advice is delivered by fully-qualified life support instructors. The final part is about prevention, so being safe by being seen, looking at how riders can make themselves more visual to other road users.
Chris continued: “One of the big myths is not to take the riders helmet off, as there could be issues to the spine, but what people don’t realise is that if your unconscious and your head was tipped back you may not be able to breathe, so you could easily suffocate. The course looks at a way of removing the helmet safely without during any further damage, if there were a spinal issue.”
The course is open to everyone regardless of ability or the bike you ride. The course is interactive, with the treatment section hands-on. At the end of the day, everyone receives a free bikers first aid kit, certificate , and a crash card and a DVD ‘Great roads, Great Riders’.
Biker Down is taking place at Devon travel Academy, Westpoint, Exeter, on Saturday June 6. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01392 444773.
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