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FireBike partnership extended

The lives of Essex motorcyclists will continue to be made safer after two brand new motorbikes were donated to Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS).

The new S1000RR and R1200GS vehicles, generously donated by Cannons BMW, Braintree, will be used at more than 100 events across the county each year by our FireBike team.

Among those will be V Festival, the annual pop music event which thousands of young people will attend - offering them the chance to get key tips on how to ride safely.

Motorcyclists make up less than 1% of all traffic but are involved in around a quarter of collisions involving death or serious injury, making them the highest road user risk group.

To tackle that problem, ECFRS's FireBike team has been visiting bikers' meetups and events since 2009, while hosting two different types of courses for keen riders.

One of those, appropriately named Better Biking, sees each biker's riding style, road positioning and clothing assessed for safety, while the other centres on how to control a bike properly in emergency situations.

The two new models will be the third and fourth to join the fleet, with a BMW S1000XR sports bike and a Ducati 10985 Tricolore superbike already in use.

Neil Fenwick, Head of Community Safety, said: "I’d like to thank Cannons BMW for their generosity in providing these two fantastic bikes. Their support for FireBike stretches back to when the scheme began eight years ago and that relationship has been crucial to helping make the County's roads safer.

"These bikes will help us to appeal to an even wider audience of motorcycle enthusiasts - allowing us to do even more to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce risks."
 

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