Press release

Essex Fire Service encourages riders to sign up to life saving FireBike courses

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Essex County Fire and Rescue Services is encouraging riders to sign up to life saving FireBike courses this Motorcycle Safety Week.

The courses aim to improve confidence and riding skills. The training is free and is for everyone and every motorcycle. No matter your experience or bike, the course will leave you a safer rider.

In Essex motorcycles make up less than 1% of traffic but were involved in 24% of all road traffic collisions involving death and serious injury. Motorcyclists are the highest road user risk group on Essex roads.

 The Service offers three types of FireBike courses and is encouraging anyone who rides a motorbike to sign up.

  • Better Biking Course – Key focus areas are observation, hazard perception, road positioning, gear selection and over taking.
  • Advanced Machine Skills Course – Covering slow speed handling, positive steering, throttle control, emergency avoidance and breaking techniques.
  • First Aid Course - The courses provide essential first aid training, giving riders the knowledge and confidence to help should they come across a motorcycle accident.

FireBike Manager for the Service, Andy Strougler said: “With the weather getting warmer, jumping on a motorbike and enjoying the nice riding conditions is tempting, so we want to keep all riders safe.

“Our courses are delivered by our FireBike riders, who are qualified to the highest riding award available to the public.

“It doesn’t matter what age you are or how long you’ve been riding, everyone that leaves us always comes away learning something new.

“We’d encourage anyone who rides a motorbike to apply to one of our courses. The more people we upskill the safer our roads in Essex will become.”

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