Frequently Asked Questions
These are some of the questions we are most commonly asked. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here please contact us.
Q: What do the letters B.I.K.E.R.S. in your company name stand for?
A: They stand for Bikers Immediate Kare & Emergency Response Skills, hence the name B.I.K.E.R.S. Training.
Q: Who developed this course?
A: The First Bike on Scene course was originally developed by paramedics working in the North West Ambulance Service (UK) back in 2003/4. Due to the nature of their work and being bikers themselves, they realised the need for a medical emergency care course appropriate to the needs of injured motorcyclists.
As of 2014, Outreach Rescue Medic Skills (UK) has taken over the programme. Only instructors approved by Outreach Rescue Medic Skills (UK) may be licensed to provide this course.
Q: Will I receive a certificate?
A: Following a successful skills assessment, as laid out by the original North West Ambulance Service (UK) syllabus, you will receive a certificate of attendance. It is issued by Outreach Rescue Medic Skills (UK). Each certificate has a unique ID Number and is valid for 2 years.
The CPR / AED module is separately certified through the Irish Heart Foundation. Successful candidates, residing in the Republic of Ireland, will receive an additional the Heart Saver Adult CPR and AED certificate.
However this course does not substitute an Occupational First Aid Course for the workplace as required by your employer under Health&Safety Legislation.
Q: ‘First Bike on Scene’ – the Legal Perspective
A: There are still some people who are fearful of rendering help to a victim in case they get sued.
The Law takes a practical and sensible approach to this – any person, acting as non-professional rescuer, is only required to do what would be reasonably expected in view of their knowledge / skills / training. In other words, to act ‘in a reasonable manner’, to help a person in need.
Members of the public are not required to have a first aid course behind them in order to render aid. Those with training and going to the aid of an ill or injured person need only remain within the remit of their training to be protected by the Law whatever the outcome of the event.
Q: What is the cost of the standard FBoS – ERS course?
A: The total cost for the course is €90 / £90 per person and includes €20 / £20 for the certification. To secure a place on your chosen ‘First Bike on Scene’ Course, please forward us the booking form and a €50 / £50 non-refundable deposit. The outstanding balance is due on the day of the course. This is also applicable to anyone who wishes to re-certify.
Please note deposits will only be held for 1 year from the day you paid. If you are unable to attend your pre-booked course, please notify us per email, phone call or text, a minimum of 24 hours prior to the course. This allows us to offer the place to someone else interested. We will offer you a place on another upcoming course in your area, however if you cancel again you will lose your deposit. If you don’t cancel your place 24 hours in advance, you will loose your deposit immediately.
Q: What do I need to know about FBoS – Advanced?
A: To be able to register for a place on the FBoS – Advanced you will need to have qualified from the FBoS – ERS course within the last 2 years. We will cross check this information prior to your attendance. After successful completion of the FBoS – Advanced you will receive a certificate, which will be valid for two years. Cost for the FBoS – Advanced is €110 / £110. To book your place, we ask you to please forward the booking form with a €50 / £ 50 non-refundable deposit. The outstanding balance is due on the day of the course. This is also applicable to anyone who wishes to re-certify.
Q: Payment Options:
A: Accepted means of payment are cash, cheque, postal order (RoI only), bank transfer, PayPal or card payment via our website or over the phone. We would, however advise against sending cash in the post.
Q: Do you offer group bookings?
A: Yes we offer group bookings to clubs or groups of friends. To avail of a group discount, you will need a minimum of 12 people booked in prior to the course going ahead. Groups and clubs in the UK who are interested in running their own course, will need to have a minimum 16 people booked in advance to guarantee the course going ahead.
Q: What if I am unable to attend my pre-booked course?
A: If, due to unforeseen circumstances, you are unable to attend the course of your choice, we would appreciate if you could give us 24 hours notice. This will enable us to offer the place to someone else. We will in turn offer you two other options to attend any next available courses within your area or further afield, should you be happy to travel a distance. However if you cancel again, you may loose your deposit. If you don’t cancel your place 24 hours in advance, you will loose your deposit immediately.
Please note, all courses are subject to change of venue / location or may be cancelled if not enough bookings are received. For anyone who already booked a place – we will of course hold your deposit and offer you alternative dates.