Fire­fight­ers de­liver in­no­va­tive course to re­duce biker deaths on Argyll roads

The Oban Times - - News -

FIRE­FIGHT­ERS are work­ing with bik­ers to re­duce the num­ber of mo­tor­cy­clists killed or in­jured on Argyll’s roads.

Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice (SFRS) crews reg­u­larly re­spond to se­ri­ous col­li­sions know­ing those on two wheels are by far the most likely to be in­volved in a tragedy.

As many rid­ers travel in pairs or groups, a fel­low biker is of­ten the first per­son on scene fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle.

In a pi­lot project, fire­fight­ers in Argyll and Bute, Ed­in­burgh and North La­nark­shire are run­ning Biker Down cour­ses, giv­ing rid­ers po­ten­tially life-sav­ing skills to help them make the scene of a col­li­sion safe and pro­tect a ca­su­alty.

The ini­tia­tive first came to Scot­land in 2015 when fire­fighter John Bran­ney of North La­nark­shire’s Cum­ber­nauld Com­mu­nity Fire Sta­tion sought per­mis­sion to repli­cate the Kent Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice project.

His team of vol­un­teers – all fire­fight­ers and mem­bers of the SFRS bik­ers sec­tion – has de­liv­ered nu­mer­ous cour­ses over the past year.

Their ef­forts have been bol­stered with crews at Oban and South Queens­ferry also now de­liv­er­ing the cour­ses.

Dozens of mo­tor­cy­clists from across Scot­land have taken part, with the fire­fight­ers shar­ing their ex­pe­ri­ence of at­tend­ing se­ri­ous road traf­fic col­li­sions to make them aware of the dan­gers that face ca­su­al­ties and those com­ing to their aid.

Cour­ses are cur­rently sched­uled to run in Mother­well on Satur­day Au­gust 13 and in Oban on two Sun­days, Au­gust 14 and 28.

Any­one in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in a course should con­tact the teams op­er­at­ing in the west and east of Scot­land by email to bik­er­down­scot­land@firescot­land.gov.uk.

More in­for­ma­tion on the cour­ses is avail­able by vis­it­ing the Biker Down Scot­land Face­book page.

The team de­liv­er­ing the in­no­va­tive Biker Down course.

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