THE first person at the scene of a collision involving a
motorcyclist and how they react can make all the difference to how
the rider recovers.
Firefighters at Mossley Fire Station ran a course for bikers
aimed at giving them some knowledge and advice on what to do as the
first rider on the scene of a collision.
Following the success of the first course, they are now running
another on August 12.
The session was devised by Firefighter Paul Hayes from Mossley's
Red Watch as the station is one of the closest to some of the
county's most dramatic yet potentially dangerous roads.
Watch Manager Graham Singleton said: "The feedback was very
positive, everyone who attended said it was very good, very
"The chances for bikers are that if they are going to have a
collision, it could be in the middle of nowhere and another biker
is likely to be the first at the scene.
"The session lasted about two hours and covered what to do if
one of them is the first at the scene of a bike collision, what to
do prior to us or any of the other emergency services arriving, how
not to make injuries any worse.
"We also looked at helmet removal if needs be and CPR.
"A section of the course was about reducing speed and what the
consequences of driving at excessive speed can be.
"The area we serve is one the places where people on bikes are
at a higher risk of being involved in a road traffic collision and,
in the couple of months before we ran the course in May, we had
been out to two or three motorbike collisions."
Following on from the success of the course in May, another one
is due to run on Sunday, August 12, from 2pm.
There are 20 spaces available. For more information please email
Pictured are some of the participants of May's course being
shown CPR. Picture courtesy of Reporter and Chronicle