First Aid Busy Week

The First Aid For Riders courses delivered by St John Ambulance (NI) last weekend was the start of a busy week for the initiative.

Two of the courses attended by individual riders and members from the Quay Vipers MCC drew positive comments from the participants, “The course was excellent and very worthwhile.” “Really enjoyed the course.” “Done the course on Saturday, really glad I did it. Hope I don’t have to use it.” “This was a good course enjoyed today.”

Complementing the courses was the launch on the First Aid For Riders website and the First Aid For Riders You Tube Channel. The video gives a taste of what is involved in the First Aid For Riders course though a motorcycle collision scenario with a message about the importance of First Aid training. The video is also featured on the Adelaide Insurance Services website.

Supplementing the video is a First Aid For Riders leaflet. The leaflet sets out the reasons for taking a course.

On Thursday 8th March, First Aid For Riders was one of the Road Safety initiatives, which received a DOE Road Safety Grants Programme for the Voluntary & Community Sector, to present their initiative at a Road Safety Showcase Event at Stormont Parliament Buildings.

First Aid For Riders was represented at the showcase event by Keith Smith, Training Manager, St John Ambulance and Matthew Curry from Bluebird Media. Keith Smith accepted from Anna Lo MLA and Bryan Myles CTA (Community Transport Association) Consultancy a certificate in recognition of valuable contribution to Road Safety in Northern Ireland.

Next First Aid For Riders Course

Finally, there are spaces left for the next First Aid For Riders course to be held in Ballymena on Saturday the 24th March.

Rendering First Aid to a motorcyclist involves many additional considerations that may not be “instructed” in basic First Aid courses. A motorcyclist may be wearing heavy leathers, armour and should be wearing a helmet, which means that delivering essential lifesaving First Aid to bikers can be more life critical. Wearing your motorcycle gear during the training will give you a flavour of rendering First Aid as a rider out on the road.

The course involves the situations and the management that may be required, such as helmet removal, head and neck (c-spine) injuries, airways, CPR and general first aider skills for everyday life.

You can’t afford not to take part!

You could be making the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

Further details for Ballymena course – Click Here

View the leaflet pdf 1.2mb – Click Here

View the video on You Tube Channel – Click Here


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