Biker Down educates riders
BikerDown is an initiative set up to educate riders in the unfortunate event of being the first on the scene of a motorbike accident.
Nobody wants to see an accident or have to deal with the aftermath, however vital training, like that provided by BikerDown, could save somebody’s life.
The Bike Insurer attended a Biker Down course this weekend, to get the inside line on what to do in the event of an accident.
The Bike Insurer gets trained
Biker Down is run by fire services throughout the country and we were lucky enough to attend the Stevenage course run by Hertfordshire Fire Bikers.
The course was split into three modules, Incident Scene Management, Casualty Care and The Science of Being Seen.
Incident Scene Management
The number one rule for anyone who happens upon a rider who has been involved in an accident is to keep calm.
Riders should assess the scene immediately and look for anyone else who can assist you, while always remembering that early action can save lives.
That means looking for Dynamic Hazards, namely traffic, crash debris like fuel and fluids and the risk of secondary accidents, and removing the potential for any further injury.
It also covered removing uninjured parties from the scene and sitting them in a safe location, something you may not immediately think of.
Controlling the scene
Once you have evaluated any immediate dangers, and ascertained that there are none, you can then look to control the scene.
That means parking your motorbike in front of the accident to ensure that everyone is aware that an incident has taken place.
Traffic control also plays a major role in ensuring that the scene remains safe, as well as a range of other techniques.
Next up was casualty care which focused on keeping the injured party calm, gathering personal information and keeping them as comfortable as possible until paramedics arrived on the scene.
There was an insight into what to do with a rider and their helmet as well as some CPR training and roll over techniques focusing on how to deal with casualties.
The Science of Being Seen
The course also provides some information on being seen on the road, from just how effective high visibility clothing is to motion camouflage and looming.
And one of the facts of the day is that pink is the best colour to be seen and noticed on the road.
Overall the course provided some brilliant information, some obvious and some that makes a lot of sense but would not necessarily occur to you in the event of a motorbike accident.
It was brilliantly run and the information pack provided will definitely come in handy in the future.
If you’d like a place on a free Biker Down course, follow the link.
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