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Course helps crashed riders survive

After cancellations last year during the COVID pandemic, Australia’s innovative First Aid For Motorcyclists program is making a welcome comeback in 2021.

Booking for 2021 courses are now available by clicking here with conditional discounts on some courses by entering the discount code signup21.

It comes as motorcycle injuries and deaths haven’t record levels in some states this year as more and more people are attracted to motorcycling.

Let’s face it; crashes are inevitable and what you do in the minutes after a crash can be vital to the victims recovery and survival.

But most riders are not familiar with emergency first aid procedures and are confronted with questions such as whether to remove the victim’s helmet, how do you secure the scene, how do you stem bleeding, how do you revive an unconscious rider, etc.

These and many more questions are provided in the various courses provided by the FAFM Motorcycle Accident Management which was founded by Roger Fance and Tracy Hughes in 2003.

In 2018, the program was bought by former nurse Debb Geerts and husband Bryan.

First Aid for Motorcyclists FAFM expanding Debb and Bryan Geerts 2WheelBabes babe
Debb and Bryan

Debb is one of the founders of 2WheelBabes which has been running Babe Raid rallies across the country since 2009.

The says she moved on from organising Babe Raids to concentrate on the FAFM program.

“We are here to give you the opportunities to upskill your riding life, to share that knowledge with your friends and riding groups and to bring rider safety to the front of everyone’s minds,” she says.

“Now is a great time to refresh your skills, gain new skills and just be confident that if you did come across a rider down, you know that you could assist during that vital first hour or two.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Free motorcycle first-aid course offered

If you come across a rider down, have you done a first-aid course so you know how to apply relevant emergency aid?

There are various motorcycle-specific first-aid courses offered around the country, but Tweed Heads Council is offering a first-aid workshop for free next weekend (Saturday 23 November 2019) at the Pottsville Beach Community Hall.

Not only is it free, but participants will receive a Towards Zero tool kit, neck warmer, wiping cloth and reusable coffee cup. Afternoon tea during the four-hour course will also be provided.

You don’t have to be a Tweed resident as all riders who ride the area’s beautiful roads are welcome. Bookings are essential as they only have room for 40 riders. You can book by emailing Alana Brooks [email protected].

The Gold Coast hinterland has a heap of attractions for riders including winding roads, a Red Rattler with an Iron and Resin finish, writes local rider and MBW contributor Todd Parkes.
Tweed roads are popular with riders

Tailored course

Alana says the workshop is provided by Pulse Start Training Solutions.

“The trainers are all keen riders with a combined riding and instructing experience of more than 60 years, as well as professional job experience as paramedics,” she says.

“Pulse Start Training Solutions has tailored its motorcycle first-aid course for Tweed Shire Council so we can offer the workshop to more riders free of charge through our Local Government Road Safety Program.”

The usual cost of the full course is $140.

This workshop is non-accredited and only covers first-aid for motorcycle crashes.

“More than 180 riders have participated in the various motorcycle safety workshops we have offered over the past three years,” Alana says.

“For this workshop, we can take up to 40 riders each session. Pulse Start has four trainers delivering the course.

“There is no riding component but the first-aid course is very hands-on with helmet removal training, CPR practice dummies and crash scene management scenarios.”

The workshop also gives participants advice on the latest safety gear and safe riding practices.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Essential Roadside Emergency Supplies For Your Motorcycle

Contributed post on emergency supplies for our North American readers

Roadside emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere. Being prepared for any scenario can save your life — from hit and run accidents to flat tires on the side of the road, having the tools to deal with an unexpected emergency can save you a lot of time and headaches.

In many cases, being able to help yourself or others in a roadside emergency situation can be vital to your own and others’ survival. When help is still far away, knowing what to do in an urgent situation and having the proper supplies right with you in your storage box can make all the difference.

Just ask the legal experts from Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. about the advantages of having the proper roadside emergency supplies for your motorcycle. In the case of accidents caused by either poor weather conditions or by another vehicle, being able to take action right on the scene can save you money and hassles later on.

Every rider should have the barest emergency supplies packed in their storage box at all times. Take a look at our comprehensive list of the most important items that you should keep with you when out your motorcycle, just in case of emergency.

First Aid Kit

Touratech first-aid kit solo supplies
Touratech first-aid kit

Purchase a pre-packaged first aid kit to keep in your storage box at all times. Bandages, ointments, and medications should be included in the bare essentials of each kit.

Duct Tape

This fix-all product has nearly unlimited uses in any emergency situation. Treat wounds, make small repairs or tape up broken parts with ease. Make sure to have at least one full roll of duct tape in your emergency supplies.

Tire Repair Kit

Getting a flat can be a real pain. If you are near an urban area, you may be able to get away with a temporary fill up on the roadside or have your tire patches at a nearby garage. Carry a tire gauge with you to check your tire pressure before you head out on any longer trips. A low tire may not blow on you, but it can affect your mileage and performance.air hoses tyre pressure gauge supplies


A good quality multi-tool can be a literal lifesaver. Make sure that you have at least one blade and as many utility blades as possible for the best protection and service.

Victorinox SwissTool supplies
Victorinox SwissTool

Spare Light Bulbs

If there’s one thing that keeps you safe on the road, it’s your taillights, headlights and turn signals. These components are crucial to making you visible to other vehicles on the road, especially once the sun goes down. Make sure to keep a couple of spares in your storage box so you can replace a burnt-out bulb as soon as possible, keeping your motorcycle at its most visible.

Thermal Blanket

Accidents can happen in any type of weather, but the consequences can be harsher when there’s rain or snow. Make sure you have a thermal or fire blanket packed in your storage box at all times — you never know when you might need it.


There is no way to tell when you may become stranded on the roadside. Staying properly hydrated can be the key to your survival and comfort. Make sure to keep several bottles of water or a reusable water bottle (full of water, of course) with your supplies.


Protein bars and meal supplements can be a lifesaver when you run into a roadside emergency situation. It could be hours until you have a chance to eat, so pack some high protein snacks with your supplies to tide you over until you can have a proper meal.

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Fear of liability may prevent first aid for crashed riders

Crash witnesses are sometimes too scared of being sued to provide first-aid or assistance to crashed riders, says paramedic Michael Beak of First Bike on the Scene Australia.

“There is a lot of misinformation about the legalities of helping a crash victim on social media,” he says.

“I put in a lot of effort to reassure people during my courses that the chances of being sued is virtually zero.”

Click here for more information on this legal issue.

First Bike on the SceneFirst Bike on the Scene Australia paramedic Michael Beak crashed

The First Bike on Scene course was originally developed by Paramedics working in the North West Ambulance Service (UK) 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,” Michael says.

He is now offering the course in Australia and is looking for like-minded paramedics to join him.

“What’s different about First Bike on Scene is that emergency response skills are delivered by registered operational paramedics only,” he says.

“So students are taught skills that are evidence-based medicine, world’s best practice and comply with Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines.

“Paramedics are the experts in pre-hospital emergency care. It’s what they train for, it’s what they do for the duration of their operational career.”

Paramedic background

Michael is a Mt Tamborine resident, Army Reserve medic of 10 years, Honda FVR750 rider and operational paramedic for 25 years.

He has been teaching first-aid for almost 30 years and started a first-aid training business (www.surefirefirstaid.com.au) eight years ago.

“Unfortunately, I have attended my fair share of motorcycle-related incidents,” he says.

Michael raced 250cc production and historic motorbikes in the late 1980s when he was a teenager and worked in Phil Beaumont’s motorcycle shop in Newstead, Brisbane.

“I was like a kid in a candy shop,” he says.

“I’ve crashed and broken a lot of bones in my years of riding, but when I broke my collar bone five years ago at walking pace on my Honda XR250 at a motocross park I was off work for 10 weeks and decided I needed a back-up plan.

“That’s when I decided to launch my own first-aid training centre and First Bike on the Scene is one of my specialty divisions.”

He says the courses are open to all riders and cost from $85 for the stand-alone course up to more advanced courses.

They will be launched in South East Queensland with the intention of spreading around the nation as registered paramedics are recruited.

The FBoS introductory course includes crash scene management, airway management, injury assessment, head and neck (c-spine) injury management, bleeding control, recognition of catastrophic bleeding, safe helmet removal in special circumstances, log roll and trauma CPR.

First responder tips for crashed riders

Road safety crash accident motorcycle scam crashed

Michael says the most important feature of a first-care provider is that they take charge at a crash scene. 

“Even if it’s ‘fake it until you make it’, you have to convince everyone present that you know what you are doing, be confident and, if necessary, even assertive. Then people are happy to follow,” he says.

“The other important thing is that they think about the danger of other traffic. 

“There have been untold times I’ve been at a crash and you suddenly hear the locking up of brakes.

“A couple of times people have even skidded into emergency trucks. It’s like a moth to a light when they see the flashing lights. You go where you look.”


Michael has offered to write about some hot topics involving crash scene management and crashed rider first-aid. 

If you have any questions about how to manage a crash scene or help a crashed rider, please leave your query in the comments section below and he will respond.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Combat medic plans ‘medicycle’ for indigenous

A former elite soldier and combat medic is raising funds to buy and equip a “medicycle” to bring crucial medical relief to indigenous communities in far north Australia.

Rick Carey, 64, of the Snowy Mountains, recently completed a three-month, 25,000km fundraising trip through the Northern Territory on his Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus.Combat medic plans 'medicycle' for indigenous Rick Carey Royal Enfield Classdicx 500 Pegasus limited edition

He raised more than $8000 for soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Now he plans to return to far north indigenous communities each dry season on a specially equipped medical motorcycle to provide medical relief.

GofundmeCombat medic plans 'medicycle' for indigenous Rick Carey Royal Enfield Classdicx 500 Pegasus limited edition

He’s calling the project Muriel the Medicycle and has launched a Gofundme campaign.

Motorbike Writer supports a lot of charity riders who raise money for good causes. Some critics suggest these riders are just using charity and crowdfunding to pay for their holiday.

However, Rick points out that he sold one of his favourite motorcycles, an original 1998 R1, to fund the first ride.

“I put out over $20,000 to fund my first trip,” the pensioner says.

I was not going to be accused of using donations to fund the trip.

“I only managed to raise $8000 but I also raised a lot of awareness of PTSD as I’m a former suffer myself.”

Rick has seen combat all over the world with the British Army and has worked with the Australian Special Forces.

Combat medicCombat medic plans 'medicycle' for indigenous Rick Carey Royal Enfield Classdicx 500 Pegasus limited edition

As a combat medic, he is now keen to provide medical relief to the indigenous communities he visited on his first trip.

“I never planned to do this but I left the Northern Territory in tears,” he says.

“I couldn’t believe the conditions they were living in.

“I was totally shocked by the disease and injuries these people were living with and even more saddened by the fact they are Australia’s forgotten people with little in the way of aid or medicines to improve their 1700s living conditions.”

Good SamaritanCombat medic plans 'medicycle' for indigenous Rick Carey Royal Enfield Classdicx 500 Pegasus limited edition

Rick says he is covered by the Good Samaritan laws.

“I’ll only be doing first aid, nothing radical. Just making people more comfortable.”

Rick hopes to raise $50,000 to buy a BMW F 850 GS and equip it with medical supplies.

“I need a decent off-road bike to handle the conditions that the Enfield couldn’t,” he says.

He plans to head north again in August 2019 and will document the trip to help educate the Australian public on the plight of remote indigenous communities.

“We can continue to ignore the fact Australian children are dying in our own country, or like me we can actually do something without being hamstrung by political agendas,” he says.

“It’s better to do a little good for a few people than nothing at all.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com