Kent Fire Bike

We were delighted to welcome Lawrence and Jim from Kent Fire and Rescue Service to a Stage 2 course on a bright if somewhat chilly April day. Lawrence and Jim are part of the Kent Fire Bike Team and Biker Down initiative, which champions accident prevention and first aid skills for motorcyclists. While there are very clear differences in some of the riding techniques, the bike handling exercises and the importance of proper vision while riding off road, over uneven terrain, are skills that transfer well into safe on road riding.
The Kent Fire Bike Team’s marked up Kawasaki had a well earned break, while the team took to our Beta enduro bikes, with Lawrence opting for the 390 RR and Jim taking the 250 RR 2 stroke, they both threw themselves into the exercises with enthusiasm. The Biker Down initiative is an award winning road safety scheme which covers 3 core modules: Incident scene management A presentation from the FireBike team, on-scene management and personal safety for a biker happening upon a crash involving a fellow biker. Casualty care This module is delivered by qualified life support instructors from KFRS with motorcycle first aid-specific expertise, covering; trauma and mechanism of injury, snatch rescues, why when and how, basic life support, CPR, managing spinal injuries and crash helmet removal – when and how. The thinking biker During this session the attendees receive instruction and advice on conspicuity – how effective is high-vis? This talk also covers phenomena such as ‘motion camouflage’ and ‘looming’, as well as tips on what you can do to be seen without the need to cover yourself head to foot in luminous yellow! As bikers tend to ride in groups or pairs, it is usually the case that when one is involved in an accident the first person on the scene will be a fellow biker. Many clubs and groups discuss the need for the training of riders in how to deal with a crashed biker. Injured motorcyclists need to be dealt with in a specific manner by a first aider due to the type of injuries possibly suffered and the issues of helmet removal. To find out more visit the Biker Down pages.

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