Fire service revs up for raising awareness of motorcycle safety


Release date: 26 May 2017

As part of National Motorcycle Week of Action, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is reminding all riders to take extra care when out on our roads.

For many, motorcycling is a way of life but injuries to motorcyclists are worryingly common. Motorcyclists make up just 1% of total UK road traffic; however they account for nearly a fifth (19%) of all road user deaths.

At the scene of a road traffic collision, action taken in the first few moments can be vital in minimising injuries. WSFRS is running a series of Biker Down courses throughout the county this summer to help keep motorcyclists safe.

Biker Down is a scheme run by police and fire services across the country. The workshops cover a wide range of aspects including first aid and safety skills to be used at the scene of a collision.

The scheme aims to give riders and pillions the opportunity to gain the skills and confidence which, should they ever find themselves at the scene of a road traffic collision, could help protect and prevent any further injuries occurring before the emergency services arrive.

Richard Poole, Biker Down Instructor, said: “In 2016, 107 bikers were killed or seriously injured in West Sussex. These collisions can be avoided and we are asking everyone to help keep our roads safe.

“Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable road users and it is crucial that they are aware of their surroundings and understand the best ways to keep themselves safe.

“We encourage all bikers and pillions to come along to our Biker Down courses. They are free of charge and people can take away potentially life-saving skills.”

The remaining dates for our 2017 courses are as follows:

  • Tues 27th June (Billingshurst)
  • Tues 25th July (Crawley)
  • Tues 26th Sept (Bognor)
  • Tues 24th Oct (Shoreham)
  • Tues 21st Nov (Crawley)

All of the workshops are held at the local fire stations and run from 6:30pm-10pm. If you wish to reserve a space, please email

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.

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