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Biker Down

Have you ever wondered what you would do if you were out riding and came across a biker in a hedge, or even one of your own mates goes adrift? How would you control the scene? What should you do about evidence? How could you help the biker? Should you take their helmet off? How would you go about taking a helmet off?
These are all questions that were addressed when I attended the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership’s Biker Down course

This is the sort of course that I have always wanted to go on. I have done the St. John’s Ambulance Emergency First Aid at Work course, but I wanted an insight on how to handle a road traffic accident.
To be honest, the main thing I wanted to get out of it was how to remove a helmet.

The first part of the course dealt with what to do when you are first on the scene.

  • Take a deep breath to calm yourself, to help the initial adrenaline rush abait.
  • Always make sure YOU are safe, do not become another casualty.
  • Warn other approaching road users.  Face your bike towards on coming traffic with the light on.
  • Preserve the evidence.  Only move stuff if you absolutely have to, and photograph it first.
  • Are the rear foot pegs down?  Was there a pillion?
  • Prioritise who needs help the most.

The second part looks at trying to save a life, using first aid.
The primary tasks here are to assess injuries, call for help and get the person stable. The order of the latter two will depend on circumstances, however the sooner you can get the professionals there the better. They have better skills, and much better kit.

  • Speak to the person, to find out if they are concious.
  • Make sure the person is breathing.
  • Have a quick “feel” over the whole body for any other injuries.
  • When you think you have enough information, call for help giving as much info as you can
  • If they are not breathing start CPR.
  • Only remove the helmet of absolutely necessary, and preferably only if you know how to.

At the end of the day, the plan is to keep the person alive. Nobody will sue you if your actions are based on the belief that you were doing them to save a persons life. It maybe better to be paralysed than dead. It is not for you to second guess the outcome.

The last part of the course touched on ‘The Science of Being Seen’.
Not only does this include the wearing of Hi-Vis but also how you appear on the road.
You could have a lime green bike! Yeah right, like that is going to happen.
Watch out how you position yourself

I have only touched on the points covered in the course, and the above barely scratches the surface. I just hope it is enough to raise your interest.
The only way to truly understand the above points is to go on the course. A number of counties offer something similar to that offered by the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership

Not only is the Biker Down course free, but we also got a Hi-Vis waistcoat (just hide it under your seat for when you are at the scene of an accident, or to keep the Frenchies happy if you go over there) and a well stocked first aid kit.

I can not thank the members of the Sussex Police and Fire Brigade enough for their time.
I got a lot out of the course, and I am sure you would too.

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