London Fire Brigade

Brigade offers free training to motorcyclists to help make capital’s roads safer

12 September 2017

The Brigade is helping to make London’s roads safer for motorcyclists by offering a free motorcycle safety course. The training sessions take place at West Norwood Fire Station on alternate Saturdays or Sundays on the last weekend in every month.

Biker Down London is run, thanks to funding from Lambeth Council, on a monthly basis. The training course is set up in partnership with London Ambulance Service, Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police.  Biker Down is available to any motorcyclist  who lives, rides or studies in London.

 

The Brigade's Head of Community Safety, Chris O'Connor, said: “When a motorcyclist is involved in a collision, often the first person on the scene is another rider.  The course teaches riders both how they can help if they come across a motorcycle collision and motorcycle-specific immediate aid training, such as how to treat major bleeding and safe helmet removal but also the types of issues to look out for to prevent a crash in the first place, for example, speeding.”

A total of 30 places are available with 15 spaces at each session. Visit the Biker Down webpage for more information if you're interested in attending a session and to book a place. Forthcoming dates for the training course are: 

  • Saturday 30 September
  • Sunday 29 October
  • Saturday 25 November
  • Sunday 28 January 2018.

Biker Down, which was devised by Kent Fire and Rescue Service, involves a group training session delivered by firefighters and LAS Motorcycle Response Paramedics. 

Participants receive a certificate of attendance, an immediate aid kit designed to be carried under the seat of a bike and qualify for a discount to attend the Bike Safe London Rider Skills Day scheme.