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Fire Service FireBike motorcycle instructors thanked following course

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s FireBike motorcycle instructors have been thanked for holding the "best day's training".

The FireBike team held its first Advanced Machine Skills course since lockdown on Sunday (16 August), teaching 10 motorcyclists at Wethersfield Airfield.

Niels, one of the motorcyclists on the course, said learning from Andy Strougler, Paul Hill and Keith Dunn was a fantastic experience.

Niels, from East Sussex, started riding 40 years ago but gave up after witnessing a fatal accident. He got back on his bike 18 months ago for the first time in 26 years and has thrown himself into all sorts of training.

He said: "I'd like to say a huge thank you - it was absolutely the best day's training. They had me doing things on two wheels I'd never thought I'd be confident enough to attempt and experienced what emergency braking at real speed feels like.

"It is a great location and the instructional expertise inspired confidence to really commit to pushing myself in these exercises. I knew I'd never have a safer environment in which to learn, try these things for real and be confident I'd know what to expect in these situations on the road.

"I feel I'm so much better equipped to handle whatever the road throws at me and my bike."

FireBike is the Service’s motorcycle safety initiative. It promotes skills improvement and safer riding and encourages advanced rider training in a bid to reduce the number of motorcycling casualties.

The instructors are all RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Gold advanced motorcyclists, as well as qualified RoSPA advanced riding instructors and, of course, motorcycle enthusiasts.

Andy Stroulger, Road Traffic Collision Reduction Manager, said: "We are very proud of our FireBike course; they provide essential roadcraft, risk awareness and machine skills training that will help to improve people's riding and help to make them safe on the roads.

"No matter what you ride or how long you've been riding, there is always something to learn."

A selection of courses, including advanced skills and on-road training, are available. 

You can book a place on a FireBike course by emailing firebike@essex-fire.gov.uk and providing your name, address, bike make, model and registration number, phone number and email address. Click here to find out more about FireBike.


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