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Bikers back at fire station for road safety course

A popular road safety initiative aimed at motorcyclists has returned to a county fire station. 

Biker Down offers motorcyclists the opportunity to learn practical skills to help avoid being involved in a crash, as well as essential first-aid training and advice on what to do should they find themselves first on the scene of a crash where someone is injured.  

The free course, lasting around three hours, returned to St Ives Fire Station last week, with trained community development instructors delivering the following topics:  

  • Initial scene management 
  • First Aid for motorcyclists 
  • The science of being seen 

Those completing the courses receive a certificate and a biker’s first aid kit. 

Station Commander Paul Clarke, the officer in charge of road and water safety at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We are really excited to be able to offer Biker Down courses again following the pandemic. The skills taught during the sessions are really useful and help motorcyclists to stay safe on the roads, and prepares them for if they are unfortunate enough to be at the scene of a collision.  

“The pandemic meant we had to pause delivering the course while we focussed on keeping our staff and vulnerable members of the community safe. We developed some online resources to help in the interim, but the face to face delivery allows those attending to benefit from the expert knowledge of our community development instructors, all of whom are trained firefighters. 

“We are holding sessions regularly now so it’s a great chance for anyone interested to sign up and come along.” 

Courses will be held regularly at St Ives Fire Station. Those interested can find out more in the Road Safety section.