Bikers trained to deal with an emergency

A Biker Down event
A Biker Down event
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A first aid course for motorcyclists, delivered by Hertfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service, has now been completed by 500 bikers.

The free course, known as Biker Down, is based around the first aid requirements of an injured motorcyclist. Many bikers ride in groups or pairs and, when one is involved in a collision, the first person in attendance is often a fellow biker. The course gives them the skills to take charge of the scene, assist in traffic control and give initial casualty care.

Biker Down is a county-wide initiative with courses held in Hemel, Watford, St Albans, Stevenage and Royston.

Cabinet member for community safety Richard Thake said: “In the UK, motorcyclists make up one per cent of motorists yet they account for 19 per cent of people killed and seriously injured on the roads. It is vital that we engage with this community to give them the knowledge needed to avoid road traffic accidents and to know what to do in an emergency situation.”

See Biker Down Herts onFacebook. To book on a course, email bikerdown@hertfordshire.gov.uk