Biker Down workshops to help reduce motorcycle accidents
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has launched its new Biker Down workshop dates as part of the National Fire Chief Council’s Motorcycle Awareness Week.
Currently, nearly a quarter of all individuals killed and seriously injured on the road are riding a motorcycle – a stark figure as motorcycles only account for around 5% of vehicles on the road.
To help reduce these statistics, firefighters from West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are hosting seven free Biker Down workshops to help make the county’s roads safer.
Actions taken in the first few moments following a collision involving a biker can be crucial in minimising injuries. As such, the workshops will cover three topics: scene management, first aid, helmet removal and safety skills, and the science of being seen.
The workshops are designed to aid bikers should they find themselves in a situation of need, and provide vital first aid training to other road users.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Watch Manager and Biker Down instructor, Richard Poole, said: “Due to the lack of protection you have on a motorbike, the risk of injury is much greater than if you were to travel by car. Being a biker myself, I have witnessed first-hand the dangers that bikers face on the roads, and that’s why I’d really encourage all road users – whether you’re a biker or not – to come along to our workshops.
“We have been running Biker Down workshops for many years now, and always endeavour to make the courses both informal and informative. I really hope to meet as many residents as possible and make 2023 the year we see our roads become a safer place for bikers.
“My question to all residents is: if you were first on the scene of an accident involving a biker, would you know what to do? If the answer is no, then our courses are for you.”
Workshop and biker safety advice dates
To book onto one of the upcoming Biker Down sessions, which run from 6pm until 10pm, please visit the links below:
- Thursday 20th April, Horley Fire Station
- Wednesday 10th May, County Hall, Chichester
- Tuesday 6th June, Shoreham Fire Station
- Thursday 29th June, Horley Fire Station
- Thursday 6th July, County Hall, Chichester
- Thursday 27th July, Shoreham Fire Station
- Thursday 31st August, County Hall, Chichester
As part of Motorcycle Awareness Week, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service will also be promoting biker safety, including motorcycle maintenance and safety clothing advice, at the following locations:
- Destination Triumph, Pulborough: Tuesday 4th April, 10am – 2pm
- Alf’s Motorcycles, Worthing – Tuesday 4th April, 10am – 2pm
- Chalet Café, Horsham: Wednesday 5th April, 10am – 2pm
- Whiteway’s Lodge, Bury Hill: Thursday 6th April, 10am – 2pm
For more information, contact FRSFirebike@westsussex.gov.uk