+1 point to the level of awareness and knowledge.
Recently, we participated in the “Biker Down” course organised by Fire and Rescue Service. This is a first aid course intended primarily for motorcyclists, but also for other road users. We have only positive feelings!
The training consisted of three parts.
The first one involved accident scene management. Led in the form of a brainstorm and then a lecture, fixed important hints in our memory. We started with the recognition of the area, the assessment of the situation and our safety, and the appropriate response to the situation. Then we brushed up on the order of dealing with the injured, checking his condition, collecting information from the victim (if conscious) and others, calling for help, securing the area and many more. In the end, we learned how to use the people around us. The crowd, instead of playing the role of onlookers, may be useful and helpful. As you can see, there is a lot to do at the accident scene.
The second practical part refreshed our skills of a pre-medical help for a motorcyclist. It was new for us to learn how to remove the helmet from the injured biker. It is very important but unfortunately not known by many people. Two men are needed to do this properly. One holds the neck, head and jaw in the right position, while the other carefully pulls the helmet off the motorcyclist. As just the two of us are going around the world, and many times we may visit places of a complete wilderness without anyone around, we wanted to know the way to take a helmet off by one person. Unfortunately, here in England, there is no official method on how to do it and no further knowledge is passed on. However, the trainers assured that they are at the testing stage and may share new information in the future.
In addition, we remembered how to properly dress wounds, carry out restitution, secure the place of the accident and the victim.
The last part of the training made us aware of how to be better visible on the road, not only due to the high-visibility vests, which colour and type also matter. Except for them, the way of driving, distance from others, the location on the road also play an important role.
The instructors (firefighters who are also motorcyclists) openly, with willingness and commitment dispelled our doubts answering every question. In a funny way, but also without diminishing the gravity of the situation, they gave us the necessary knowledge. And we, thanks to them, feel more confident and more comfortable. However, we really hope that we will never have to use this valuable knowledge.
In our opinion, training like this is very useful or even necessary, not only for motorcyclists but every road participant, also pedestrian! With increased social awareness, people better cooperate, perform efficiently and trust each other if necessary.