Bikers urged to learn lifesaving skills

Students practising resuscitation

St John Ambulance are marking National Motorcycle Week (13-19 July) by calling on bike enthusiasts to be safe riders this summer and to commit to lifesaving training.

Every year, motorcyclists account for 18% of fatal casualties in road traffic accidents according to RoSPA. St John Ambulance believes its tailored Motorcycle first aid course is key to ensuring far less serious injuries and deaths occur on our roads.

Sue Skoyles, County Training Officer for St John Norfolk, said: 'Motorcycling has increased in popularity in recent years, and in turn that has meant that there has sadly been an increase in related fatal incidents on our roads.

The idea is that our course equips individuals so that they are able to assist another rider in trouble

Sue Skoyles
Norfolk County Training Officer

'At St John Ambulance Norfolk we chose to introduce a course specifically targeted at those who are involved in motorcycling either recreationally or in a more sporting environment. The idea is that our course equips individuals so that they are able to assist another rider in trouble. Should they ever be biking with a fellow motorcyclist or arrive upon a scene, they will be better able to attend to the patient and take on board specific issues like the rider’s helmet.'

Each course is four and a half hours long and includes bleeding, casualty movements and crash helmet removal.

Reserve your place on this course