Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


FireBike Advanced Machine Skills Course

The FireBike Advanced Machine Skills Course is a free, full day course held at Wethersfield Airfield.  The focus of the course is all about machine control - slow speed handling; positive steering; merging exercises; swerving skills; emergency avoidance techniques and advanced braking skills.

Each of the skills elements is covered in depth with highly experienced instructors, with plenty of opportunity for participants to practice before moving on to the next element, building skill levels as the day progresses.

These courses are all about sharpening some fundamental machine control skills, which are essential to us as riders but unfortunately are rarely practiced. These skills will help improve riding on the road and help reduce the chances of a collision.

We work in partnership with a team of highly experienced well respected instructors from Hopp Rider Training to assist us in providing these courses.

There are just 12 places available per course on a first-come-first-served basis. The course is for everyone, no matter what you ride, however long you’ve been riding, whatever your experience. We promise that you will learn something from the course that will improve or transform your riding. You will leave the course a better rider!

If you successfully complete the Advanced Machine Skills Course, you will be entitled to a 10% discount on your bike insurance through Devitt Insurance.  Further details can be found here:

Comments from riders who have attended the FireBike Advanced Machine Skills Course include the following:

“I just want to say a huge thanks to all the Fire Bike trainers who guided me through an extremely enjoyable and educational day yesterday. I never knew I could push a bike so far! I still can't believe you got me to lock the front wheel up deliberately!  I recommend this course to all motorcyclists. You WILL learn new skills.”

“Everybody should do this course, it teaches you so much. You think you know it all but this shows there is so much to learn, no matter how long you’ve been on two wheels”

“After 30 years riding bikes you might think you know it all. This course proves there’s always something new to learn”

You can book a place on a FireBike Advanced Machine Skills Course by emailing and providing your full name; address; bike make, model and registration number; contact phone number and email address.

Or just speak with a FireBike rider at one of the many events we attend throughout the year.

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