As part of the national Biker Down series of courses LFB are offering motorcyclists safety training in a bid to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
Thanks to funding from Lambeth Council, courses will be run on a monthly basis. The training course is set up in partnership with London Ambulance Service, Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police. Biker Down is available to any motorcyclist who lives, rides or studies in London.
The Brigade’s Head of Community Safety, Chris O’Connor, said: “When a motorcyclist is involved in a collision, often the first person on the scene is another rider. The course teaches riders both how they can help if they come across a motorcycle collision and motorcycle-specific immediate aid training, such as how to treat major bleeding and safe helmet removal but also the types of issues to look out for to prevent a crash in the first place, for example, speeding.”
A total of 30 places are available with 15 spaces at each session. Visit the Biker Down webpage for more information if you’re interested in attending a session and to book a place. Forthcoming dates for the training course are:
- Saturday 30 September
- Sunday 29 October
- Saturday 25 November
- Sunday 28 January 2018.
Biker Down, which was devised by Kent Fire and Rescue Service, involves a group training session delivered by firefighters and LAS Motorcycle Response Paramedics.
Participants receive a certificate of attendance, an immediate aid kit designed to be carried under the seat of a bike and qualify for a discount to attend the Bike Safe London Rider Skills Day scheme.
Paul King, Charlton Ross Director and keen motorcyclist has attended the course and said “any initiative that can help raise awareness of risk and how to deal with the aftermath of an accident is a good thing. Motorcyclists, like cyclists are a particularly vulnerable group when it comes to road safety and represent a disproportionate number of those killed or seriously injured on our roads. We at Charlton Ross fully support this training”