Lifesaving Biker Down workshop goes virtual

Free virtual training workshop for motorcyclists has just launched.


Release date: 22 December 2020

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s free training workshop for motorcyclists has gone virtual to help keep motorcyclists as safe as possible on the roads.

Last year 119 motorcyclists were killed or seriously injured on the roads of West Sussex. But actions taken in the first few moments after a collision involving a biker can be crucial in minimising injuries and can make a real difference to the lives of those involved.

Now, WSFRS has launched a digital version of its Biker Down course to help keep motorcyclists safe throughout the pandemic and beyond.

Biker Down is a scheme run by police and fire services across the country. The workshop covers a wide range of aspects including:

  • Scene management
  • First aid and safety skills
  • The science of being seen

Biker Down 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: “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.

“The training package is extremely useful for all road users – whether you drive a car, lorry or motorbike. However, I would really encourage all bikers and pillions to watch our Biker Down course, even if you have been a motorcyclist for a number of years.

“We will re-start the face-to-face sessions when it is safe to do so, but until then, it’s vital that people watch our digital workshop to ensure they remain as safe as possible on the scene of a collision. It is free of charge to watch and the video contains skills that could one day help save somebody’s life.”

If you would like to watch Biker Down, please email

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