Biker Down, London Fire Brigade's Free First Aid Courses for Riders

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Even though Biker Down may sound ominous to certain ears that are a tad too sensitive maybe, this time it's about making the road a better place. Biker Down is the name of the London Fire Brigade's newest training program, aimed at familiarizing riders with first aid techniques.
The main goal of this training scheme is to help motorcyclists acquire adequate skills that would allow them to intervene in case they arrive first at the site of a crash.

Biker Down is a joint effort of the London Ambulance Service, Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police and spans across four hours. Three modules are included in the curriculum: managing the scene of a collision, helping injured riders by providing early intervention at the site of the crash, and how to remove a helmet.

Removing the helmet of a fallen rider can result in aggravating the potential spine injuries

One of the downsides of coming off from a bike is the rather high risk of injuring your neck or spine. In such cases, removing a rider's helmet may make things worse, since moving his or her head can possibly worsen the injury.

Modern helmets have specially-designed safety features that make removing them easier and less risky, but most of the lids don't. However, knowing how to remove a helmet when utterly necessary while avoiding making dangerous moves can save lives.

Attendants will receive a certificate and a first-aid kit that can be carried under the seat of most motorcycles, plus a discount for attending the BikeSafe-London Rider Skills Day staged by The Metropolitan Police Service's Motorcycle Safety Team.

The next Biker Down session will be held on Saturday, November 29, at the West Norwood fire station, 210 Knight's Hill, SE21 0QA, UK. We salute those who imagined and implemented this idea and we'd surely love to see the project extended to other countries.
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