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Firefighters Assist Police to Train More "Bike Safe" Motorcyclists

Author: Neil Thompson, PR Officer, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service Published: 10th July 2012 17:11

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Bedfordshire firefighters are assisting emergency service colleagues in the Police to improve safety for motorcyclists on the county's roads.

A number of firefighters with Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service have successfully completed a specialist training course run by Bedfordshire Police, where they demonstrated their bike handling skills and developed their ability to observe riders and provide constructive feedback.

They are now equipped to support Bedfordshire Police when they deliver the ‘Bike Safe' programme, which is designed to help motorcyclists to ride more safely and to reduce casualties on the county's roads.

Although the firefighters are not qualified to run the Bike Safe courses on their own, they can each now work with qualified police instructors to ride with motorcyclists on the course to ensure that they are putting into practice the instruction they have received and provide helpful feedback to the riders on the course.

Bedfordshire Police Motorcycle Instructor Kevin Moore, said: "The Bike Safe programme is an important element of the work of the Bedfordshire Casualty Reduction Partnership. We want to ensure that riders who go out on their machines for business or pleasure are able to do so safely. This course helps to make motorcyclists more aware of the risks that exist - sometimes caused by other road users - and teaches them to ride more defensively. We are delighted that our colleagues in the fire and rescue service are able to assist in this way."

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service's Vicky Mayne, Community Safety Support Manager, said: "Over the years, the fire and rescue service has been called to more and more road traffic collisions, some of which involve motorcyclists. The firefighters who volunteered to take part in this initiative have been motivated by desire to see a reduction in the number of casualties involved in road traffic collisions, as well as their own personal interest in motorbikes."

Police Motorcycle Instructor Kevin Moore, who put the firefighters through their own training programme, handed certificates to each of the successful firefighters, at a special presentation Kempston Fire Station last week.

The firefighters who were presented with their certificates were: Watch Manager Steve Logan (Fire Safety, Luton); Watch Manager Paul Masters (Kempston Fire Station); Crew Commander Andy Ellams (Dunstable); and Watch Manager Phil Sutton (Training Centre). Watch Manager Martin Smith (Dunstable) was unable to attend the presentation.

The Bike Safe courses last one day and are free, although is small charitable donation is sought for all riders. Any motorcyclists interested in taking part in the Bike Safe programme should contact Bedfordshire Police on 101.

(Image supplied by BLFRS)


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