The Road Safety Team at Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service have been delivering Biker Down workshops across Devon and Somerset since 2015.
During this time 501 Motorcyclists have attended our workshops. These workshops are split into 3 sessions, comprising of road traffic collision scene management, first aid and the science of being seen. The sessions are designed with Bikers in mind and are tailored to deliver vital information and life saving skills in what to do at the scene of any road traffic collision. The last session also helps to explain how motorcyclists can be more visible on the roads and explains that there is a science behind why people may look but don’t always see a motorcyclist. The team provides some insight into simple skills whilst riding to decrease risk and prevent collisions.
The workshops are a national initiative started by Kent Fire and Rescue Service. This scheme has been adopted by many Fire Services across the country including Scotland and Wales.
In 2016 there were 54 fatal road traffic collisions in Devon and Somerset with another 654 casualties sustaining serious injuries. 169 of those killed or sustaining life changing injuries from these collisions were motorcyclists (Motorcyclists only make up about 1% of road users)
Our workshops provide vital information to motorcyclists in how to manage a collision scene along with the vital information the emergency services need to dispatch resources to any incident. It provides first aid skills in catastrophic bleeding, CPR and helmet removal. The workshops last 3 hours and are free to the motorcyclists that attend. They are all held at local Community Fire Stations across our service area and each attendee receives a free first aid kit especially designed for motorcyclists (the workshops are co-funded and delivered in Partnership by our partner agencies from Devon County Council and Somerset County Council road safety teams).
SM Laura Pratt said “these workshops are well attended, and the feedback to date has been really positive. It provides practical skills and knowledge and enables the Fire Service to help reduce collision risk and injury to this high risk group, Whilst enabling them to provide immediate care to anyone in our communities injured through any RTC. The workshop also helps to empower members of the public to intervene and provide life saving skills before the arrival of the emergency services, and gives them key understanding in the information required to keep themselves and others safe at any collision.”
Our workshops are run throughout the year and start again next year in the spring. The dates are advertised on our Biker Down South West Facebook page and motorcyclists can applied for free place via a link on these pages.
Three more dates have just been announced for the popular BIker Down workshops run by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Fire Bike Team. Workshops will be held at Cullompton Fire Station, Devon Travel Academy, Exeter and Exmouth Fire Station.
Anyone wanting to see the complete list of dates and/or book a place can do so here Why not attend this free workshop with a group of your biker mates.
Last Saturday (25th July) another group of keen motorcyclists set aside 3 hours of their valuable time to attend the new Biker Down course run by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Fire Bike Team. Those who attended the FREE short course now know the basic lifesaving measures that can be taken when managing the scene of an RTC and applying basic first aid. The course was held at Minehead Fire Station and is one of a number of Biker Down courses that is on offer to any bikers in the South West. The Fire Bike team have been overwhelmed by the response to the course and will be announcing more dates very soon. You can register your interest by adding yourself to the Biker Down waiting list – send an expression of interest to email@example.com
The first Biker Down workshop was launched at the Devon travel Academy, Westpoint, Exeter, on Saturday 6th June. The course was a resounding success. Eighteen motorcyclists attended and here are just a few comments made by them at the end of the event:-
“Excellent delivery of this first Bike Down workshop by DSFRS. Plenty of great tips and knowledge passed over. I cannot praise this workshop enough and would urge anyone interested to log their interest and attend this workshop. Really really very good. A big thanks to the whole team for their excellence”
“Thanks very much to the DSFRS Team. An enjoyable and interesting interactive and practical course, well presented and paced. Good fun, with lots of information, plenty of coffee and free first aid kit thrown in. Definitely worth attending. Thanks”
“Perfect presentation by all”
“Found this really good and informative, very well presented by the team thank you”
“Well presented and informative”
For further information on how to sign up to future events click here
Would you know what to do if you came across a fellow rider who has been involved in a collision and you are the first person on the scene? Biker Down will show you everything you need to know. The short course will be delivered by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue services fire bike team. It is a FREE 3 hour workshop for motorcyclists. It consists of 3 modules including , Scene management, First aid and, The science behind being seen.
To find out how to book a place on this workshop contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01392 444773. Please find us, like us and share our page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bikerdownsouthwest
On the First and Last MCC website is a big thank you to all riders and supporters of the Martin Jennings Memorial Run, it started from Garras Wharf Car Park, Truro, on the 9 Sept 2012 and they raised a shed load of cash all in the name of charity, this years charity was The Pheonix Stroke Appeal. A big thank you was posted on the site:
I would like to say thankyou to everyone from far and near who attended the run today.
The weather was perfect for an incident free run, and hardly anybody getting lost which makes a change!!!
The only booking by the police who did a great job, was for someone riding his bike with no helmet on the highway in front of the police at the lunch stop.
To read more great comments go to their website, or see some of the bikes on the Facebook page it looked like a fantastic day, maybe next time!
A MAN has been released on police bail after a biker in his 70s was killed in a horrific collision near Liskeard. The driver of a BMW, a 37-year-old from St Austell, was arrested for causing death by dangerous driving on Thursday, after the fatal collision in the Glynn Valley.
Emergency services were called to the Halfway House Inn at Two Waters Foot after a lorry and a motorbike collided. The motorcyclist was a man from the Liskeard area who had been travelling eastbound towards Liskeard when he came into collision with a car and a heavy goods vehicle which were travelling in the opposite direction. Police said he was pronounced dead at the scene. They said it was believed six vehicles were involved in the crash and the arrested man was not the driver of the lorry, but was the driver of a third vehicle. He has been released on bail with no charges brought against him until January 9 while officers continued their investigation.
Police would like to appeal for witnesses to this incident – either the incident itself or to any details immediately before the incident took place – to contact them on 101 and quote log 396 of 6 September 2012.
After a couple of cancellations, Plymouth Bike Night drew record numbers of motorcyclists the Plymouth Hoe. The late summer sun meant that about 400 riders paid at least the minimum one pound to take part in the event. The previous record for 2012 was 338. The turnout puts Plymouth Bike Night back on track after bad weather cancelled the events in June and July.
Due to the terrible weather recently the Mega-Ride has been re-scheduled. Each year thousands of bikers arrive at Lee Mill to ride out to Marley Head, back to the Plymouth City Centre and end up on the Hoe. There they will find numerous trade and catering stands and live music. Bikers are asked for a £3 donation or £5 with pillion. This year the money raised will be split between 4 charities – MacMillan Cancer Support, Devon Freewheelers, Drakes Sailing Club and Operation Henry Pancreatic Cancer.
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A FEMALE biker was killed after the motorcycle she was riding crashed.The 45-year-old woman – named today by police as Cryste Robinson from Staddiscombe – is understood to have been riding a Harley Davidson motorbike along Staddiscombe Road near Staddiscombe at around 7.10pm yesterday, Sunday 27th May. Her husband Mike Robinson paid tribute to her online today. He said: “At 7pm last night my beautiful wife was killed while riding her motorcycle. I already miss her more than I can ever say, she was my whole world.”
Early reports suggest the bike collided with a lamppost around 100 metres on from the junction of Coleman Drive, close to The Staddy pub, while the vehicle was heading towards Down Thomas. Police said passers-by stopped to assist Ms Robinson shortly afterwards and paramedics were called but despite the efforts of all those present – including an off-duty police officer – Ms Robinson died at the scene. It is understood members of her family arrived at the scene shortly afterwards.
Officers from the Collision Unit at Crownhill Police Station are now carrying out a detailed investigation into the incident and anyone with information or who may have witnessed the grey motorbike in the lead-up to the incident should call police on 101 quoting police log number 751 of 27/05/12.