Motorcyclist course ‘could prove to be a lifesaver’

The Biker Down course PNL-151008-164520001
The Biker Down course PNL-151008-164520001

The launch of a potentially life-saving course to teach riding and first aid skills to motorcyclists has been hailed a great success by the organisers.

Biker Down was launched on Monday last week by Oxon County Council Fire and Rescue Service at its Kidlington headquarters.

The free course teaches practical skills to help motorcyclists avoid being involved in a crash, as well as essential first aid and advice on what to do if they find themselves first on the scene of a crash where someone is injured.

Oxon Fire and Rescue’s road safety manager Mick Clarke, who is himself a keen motorcyclist, said: “The launch was fantastic. We had a full house and everyone seemed to get a lot out of the workshop.

“One of the people who attended had only bought her first motorbike the day before and her mum encouraged her to come along.

“We believe the course could prove to be a lifesaver, as what action someone takes in the first few moments after any accident can be crucial in minimising injuries and can make a real difference to the lives of those involved.”

Aimed at motorcyclists of all ages and experience, Biker Down is delivered free of charge by firefighters from Oxon Fire and Rescue Service to participants at local fire stations in small informal groups.

The course is made up of three modules, including accident scene management; motorcycle-specific first aid training such as CPR, managing major bleeds and helmet removal; and the science of being seen.

The next Biker Down courses take place on September 3 at Deddington, on September 17 at Chipping Norton and on October 1 at Bicester.

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Fire Station, on October 29 at Kidlington Fire Station and on December 10 at Thame Fire Station.

To book a place, email BikerDown@oxfordshire.gov.uk