Being a member of the Suffolk Roadsafe Partnership Board, we work collaboratively to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on Suffolk's roads.
We do this by offering road safety education to all members of the public, focusing specifically on pre-drivers/young drivers and motorcyclists.
The FireBike Project for motorcyclists
Our FireBike team attends events and biker gatherings throughout Suffolk and the Eastern Region, to talk to riders about road safety.
The team engages with motorcyclists, discussing aspects of motorcycling, including:
- safer attitudes
- advanced skills options
- safer PPE
- bike maintenance
Pit Stop events are also held, where riders can stop off from their journey and talk about the risks they face on the road.
Biker Down training course
As bikers tend to ride in groups or pairs, it is usually the case that when one is involved in an incident, the first person on the scene will be a fellow biker.
Biker Down is a free awareness-raising course for bikers, created by Kent Fire and Rescue Service, and consists of 3 modules:
- Incident scene management
A presentation about on-scene management and personal safety for bikers discovering a crash involving a fellow biker.
- Casualty care
Instructors from the FireBike team with motorcycle first aid specific expertise cover trauma and mechanism of injury, including snatch rescues, basic life support, CPR, managing spinal injuries and crash helmet removal.
- The science of being seen
Instruction and advice from the FireBike team on being conspicuous. As well as discussing phenomena such as motion camouflage and looming, including tips on what you can do to be seen, without the need to cover yourself in luminous yellow.
We offer this course to all bikers, of all standards and experience.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01473 260588 if you've any questions.
Upcoming Biker Down Courses in Suffolk
Bury St Edmunds:
- Saturday 7 May 2022, 10:00 am to 1:30 pm
- Tuesday 23 August 2022, 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Book a place on Bury St Edmunds Biker down course please visit the Everbrite website.
- Monday 13 June 2022, 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
- Saturday 2 July 2022, 10:00 am to 1:30 pm
Book a place on Lowestoft South Biker down course please visit the Everbrite website.
- Tuesday 12 April 2022, 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
- Saturday 13 August 2022, 10:00 am to 1:30 pm
Book a place on Ipswich East Biker down course please visit the Everbrite website.
ItCanWait: mobile phone distraction road safety intervention
ItCanWait is a pre-driver road safety intervention delivered by Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), which aims to reduce the use of mobile phones by drivers within the target audience by:
- improving the participants attitudes to the use of mobile phones
- decreasing their willingness to use them whilst driving
- increasing their awareness of how mobile phones impact on the driver’s ability to maintain concentration.
ItCanWait is a 90-minute presentation, delivered by SFRS personal to 15- to 18-year-olds.
The package has been externally evaluated and the evaluation found clear evidence that the intervention has successfully:
- decreased the participants Willingness to use a mobile phone
- improved their views of mobile phone use
- made them more aware of the dangers of use.
Book a session
The session lasts approximately 1.5 hours and is designed to be interactive. Therefore, groups should ideally not be greater than approximately 25 people per session. Multiple delivery sessions at the same establishment can be co-ordinated.
If you would like to book a session, please contact Fire Business Support and ask to be put through to the Prevention Department, referencing the #ItCanWait intervention:
- 01473 260588