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FireBike working with Colchester soldiers

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s FireBike team has teamed up with the Army to deliver motorcycle safety training to Colchester-based soldiers.

On July 23 the FireBike team delivered a pilot 'Better Biking Course' at Colchester’s Merville Barracks. This involved a comprehensive classroom presentation on motorcycle safety and safer riding, followed by a four hour long on-road riding assessment designed to help the participants improve their motorcycle road riding skills and help them become neater, smoother, safer and more confident riders.

The training was organised by Warrant Officer Class Two Nathan Jensen, 16 Air Assault Brigade’s Master Driver, in partnership with Andy Stroulger, ECFRS’s RTC Reduction and FireBike Manager.

Andy Stroulger said: “The FireBike team is passionate about motorcycle safety. The team is made up of serving firefighters who are all motorcycle enthusiasts and all qualified to the highest level in motorcycling, which means they are in the ideal position to advise on how bikers can stay safe on the roads.

“The day involved soldiers riding their motorbikes with the FireBike team to get practical tips on how they can improve their on road riding skills, observation skills, hazard awareness and road positioning.

“Our firefighters are all highly trained, properly equipped, wear the correct protective equipment in order to do their jobs. It is exactly the same for motorcyclists and these are exactly the messages at the core of our Better Biking day at Merville Barracks.”

WO2 Jensen said “Working with Essex Fire service’s FireBike team has enabled us to deliver a training day on motorcycle safety, covering the important topics of risk, consequence and skills improvement.

“The day was a great success and we will be running further Better Biking days in September for other military personnel."

Firebike 2013 sees operational firefighters who are all RoSPA Gold Advanced Motorcyclists and holders of the RoSPA National Diploma in Advanced Riding Instruction, use their experiences as both firefighters attending RTC’s and as motorcycle enthusiasts themselves, to engage with riders at events all around the county.

FireBike is now in its fifth year and has engaged with literally thousands of motorcyclist over the years and the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured since 2009, when FireBike first commenced, have fallen by 18.4%.

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