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Biker Down

Biker Down is a 3 hour course covering accident scene management, first aid and the science of being seen.

Biker Down was founded in 2011 in Kent Fire service by Firefighter Jim Sanderson. He was out riding with friends and came across a motorcycle accident. Jim used his fire service training to make the scene safe and render first aid. He then decided that he could train the public with some lifesaving skills and created 'Biker Down'. It has spread across the country and is now presented at over 40 fire services. This is the first year Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has presented 'Biker Down'.

The Biker Down course

It consists of a 3 hour presentation covering accident scene management, first aid and the science of being seen. At the end of the course the candidates receive a free Biker first Aid kit, a certificate and Biker Down badge. 

The feedback has been fantastic and many reviews can be found on Facebook and Twitter. For further information please email

Module 1 Accident scene management

This teaches what to do before the arrival of the emergency services.

Module 2 First aid

This teaches members of the public how to deal with a catastrophic bleed and use a tourniquet. How to perform CPR and how and when you would remove a helmet.

Module 3 The science of being seen

This teaches advanced riding techniques that will make people more visible to other road users. It includes road positioning and observation skills as well as many other tips and suggestions.

Collaboration with the Police

Derbyshire is the only Fire service that works jointly with the Police to reduce motorcycle deaths.

We are still seeing a great number of motorcycle fatalities and we are addressing this problem by delivering Biker Down in collaboration with the Police with their safety campaign UpRight

The UpRight campaign encourages riders to upskill and take advanced rider training. Many riders pass their test in their teens or 20s and never have any more tuition. There are also discounts to encourage motorcyclists to complete a ROSPA or IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorcyclist) course through UpRight.