This week sees the second anniversary of BIKERS Training and its ‘First Bike on Scene – Emergency Response Skills’ Programme. Since its launch in October 2011, Rodge and Nick, were busy expanding the course content and its recognition.

First of all, we are pleased to continue having a very good working relationship and the support of the North West Ambulance Service, UK, who originally developed this course.

Rodge and Nick also were in meetings with the Police Service of Northern Ireland BikeSafe Team as well as the board members of MAG Ireland. These meetings went very well and we are delighted to have been invited to work in partnership with these organisations.

Following on from that, we received accreditation for the added Adult CPR and AED module through the Irish Heart Foundation. This now enables us to present a second certification to all course participants upon successful completion of the course.

In the course of this year we were invited to meet with the Chief Medical Officer of the National Ambulance Service, who wanted to find out more about our initiative and commended us on our contribution to road safety.

Throughout these two years we enjoyed providing a number of courses at venues right across the country. They included individuals, groups of friends, various family members and clubs. People attend the course because they want to be able to help their friends. And who would have ever thought, but to date seven of our FBoS-ERS trained participants have already assisted at road traffic collisions, including one in continental Europe and some with several casualties.

So to keep on widening our profile we expanded into the UK, with the first course being held there this summer. We attended several high profile motorcycle shows, biker charity events and many smaller, but just as important, motorbike events. We are very grateful for all these opportunities to meet and chat with people about this very important project and the skills it gives to bikers. We look forward to continuing to share the message of road safety, in particular biker safety!

We also would like to take this opportunity again to say a big Thank you to all our sponsors for their support.