1,000th Herts biker completes free Fire & Rescue course

Published: 07 Oct 2019

A free course known as Biker Down, aimed at Hertfordshire’s motorcyclists, has now been completed by 1,000 candidates from across the county. The lucky 1,000th participant, Dan Smith, completed the course in Stevenage last week, and received a special certificate and gift vouchers sponsored by local motorcycle store Bike Stop to mark the occasion.

Biker Down was launched to provide motorcyclists with information that may help them deal with road traffic collisions involving a fellow biker. The care of a rider who has been involved in a collision is very important to members of the biker community. Many bikers ride in groups or pairs, and it is often the case that when one is involved in an accident the first person in attendance will be a fellow biker. Based around the First Aid requirements of an injured motorcyclist, the course is divided into three modules and lasts approximately three hours.

Course tutor Tony Smith from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are extremely proud to have delivered the course to so many of Hertfordshire’s motorcyclists and are confident that they will each have become safer riders with many new skills that we hope they won’t have to use. Having said that, we have received feedback from several riders that have completed the course and found themselves at the scene of an accident where they were able to take charge and assist in traffic control, casualty care and the many other tasks that such an incident requires.”

Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Hertfordshire County Council, Terry Hone, said: “Biker Down is just one of the many community initiatives from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service designed to keep residents safe. Motorcyclists are some of the most vulnerable road users, so it’s particularly important that they feel confident in how to act should they witness, or be involved in, a collision. It’s great to see that the Biker Down course has helped 1,000 bikers in the county – here’s to the next 1,000.”

Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service has been delivering the Biker Down course since April 2014 having followed in the footsteps of Kent Fire & Rescue where the course was conceived, designed and first run. Since then, fire services across the UK have been delivering Biker Down with 40 counties currently involved in the scheme.

The free, three-hour courses are run throughout the year and further information can be found on Facebook: search ‘Biker Down Herts’, or riders can book a space by e-mailing: bikerdown@hertfordshire.gov.uk