Meet the Team behind B.I.K.E.R.S Training:
Rodge Byrne – a keen biker all my life, with a Honda Goldwing 1500 as the flagship, but for all FBoS-ERS events an Ex-UK Police BMW R 1200 RT(P). Professional Healthcare Qualifications and Registration here in Ireland and the UK include general and psychiatric nursing. Experienced in hospital and pre-hospital emergency care environments. Military career working within the Field Hospital sector providing Acute Resuscitation & Trauma Skills (ARTS) and within Ireland development of the Acute Life Threatening Emergency Recognition & Treatment (ALERT). These skills have been utilised across a variety of settings and during deployment. In 2011 I brought the FBoS course from the UK to Ireland and teamed up with my friend Nick to become the sole licensees of this programme across Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Nick Coward – originally from England, I trained and qualified as a registered psychiatric and general nurse. Over the years I worked in Psychiatry, Theatres, Anaesthetics, A&E and also Care of the Elderly. Throughout my career I always enjoyed teaching students and co-workers, particularly in Standards of Care, First Aid and CPR. Another keen interest is Management of Health & Safety and I completed my diploma in the UK. While working in the Middle East I provided courses such as Fire Defence and Medical Emergency Response Training, Manual Handling, HUET, Sea / Desert Survival as well as Risk Assessments and Safety Audits to numerous clients. Since moving to Ireland I trained as a paramedic through the National Ambulance Service and completed the ‘Train the Trainer’ Course. Being a keen biker I’m still in love with a ’72 Bonneville!
Berni Weidling – the only female, a non-biker and another registered general nurse! But this one is from Germany. Having worked in several Intensive Care Units, I am now with a GP out-of-hours Service. As the joke goes – Nick’s PC Illiterate and Rodge can’t spell, so I am doing the admin for the lads!
Rodge’s and Nick’s photos courtesy of Steve Cullen – many thanks!