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Roger Fance and Tracy Hughes of FAFM

Rider safety trainers Roger and Tracy Hughes are taking their motorcyclist first aid course on the road from today (July 8, 2015) to reach 3000 riders in the next two years.

The monthly First Aid for Motorcyclists half-day course has trained 350 riders in Sydney over the past year.

Principal trainer Tracy says they are now getting a lot of demand in other cities and regional centres for the course.

So, from July 2015 it will be available in other major regional centres and capital cities around Australia.First aid course

“Roger and I will swap our home in Stanmore for a 25ft Jayco caravan then plan to load the ute with our Ducatis (MTS1200S & M821) and hit the road for a two-year adventure,” says Tracy.

Their goal is to put 3000 riders through the half-day course and raise community awareness around motorcycle accident scene and injury management and raise money for the Royal Rehab, Brain and Spinal Injury Units in Ryde.

“We want to help as many riders as we can, plus have a great adventure at the same time,” she says.

The course developed specifically for riders teaches the vital skills and knowledge needed to provide immediate roadside first aid and effectively manage the accident scene until emergency services arrive. 

Tracy says it is not a regular first-aid course, but modified for riders with practical and relevant content.

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Safe helmet removal

She became interested in first-aid training after a friend crashed on a ride.

Seeing first-hand how critical it is to have good first aid skills and act decisively at an accident scene inspired Tracy to become a Senior First-Aid Instructor for St John Ambulance.

From there, she developed a first-aid course specific to riders.

By the end of the hands-on training session riders will have learnt when and how to perform emergency helmet removal, give effective CPR, move a casualty in danger, treat a rider with serious road trauma injuries and safely manage the accident scene.

Cost is $78, but it is endorsed by the Ulysses Club so members get a 50% discount.

Click here for bookings and look out for their van!

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National Training Tour

  • 11th July – NSW – 2 x Coffs Harbour – Aero Club: 8:30am – 12:30pm & 1:30pm – 5:50pm
  • 18th July – NSW – 1 x Port Macquarie – The Westport Club: 11:00am – 4:30pm
  • 25th July – NSW – 1 x Gosford – Gosford RSL: 11:00am – 4:30pm
  • 8th August – NSW – 1 x Newcastle – Edgeworth Sport and Rec Club: 11:00am – 4:30pm
  • 15th August – NSW – 1 x Tamworth – Tamworth Services Club: 8:30am – 12:30pm
  • 22nd August – NSW – 1 x Lismore – Lismore Workers Club: 11:00am – 4:30pm
  • 29th August – QLD – 1 x Gold Coast – Palm Beach Currumbin Sports Club: 11:00am – 4:30pm
  • 5th September – QLD – 2 x Ipswich – Ipswich Golf Club: 2 x sessions: 8:30am – 12:30pm & 1:30pm – 5:50pm
  • 12th September – QLD – 1 x Birkdale – Redlands Multi Sports Club: 11:00am – 4:30pm
  • 19th September – QLD – 1 x Caboolture – Caboolture Golf Club: 11:00am – 4:30pm
  • 26th September – QLD – 1 x Warwick – TBC: 11:00am – 4:30pm
  • 3rd October – QLD – 1 x Gold Coast – Palm Beach Currumbin Sports Club: 11:00am – 4:30pm
  • 10th October – NSW – 1 x Newcastle TBC
  • 24th October – NSW – 1 x Sydney – Royal Rehab Ryde: 1:30pm – 5:00pm
  • 7th November – NSW – 1 x Wollongong TBC
  • 14th November – ACT – 1 x Canberra – The Harmonie German Club: 08:30am – 12:30pm
  • 21st November – VIC – (Melbourne) TBC
  • 5th December – VIC – (Melbourne) TBC
  • 19th December – VIC – (Melbourne) TBC
  • 16th December – VIC – (Ballarat) TBC
  • 23rd January – VIC – (Geelong) TBC
  • 30th January – VIC – (Frankston) TBC 
  • 6th February – VIC – (Bairnsdale)
  1. Shame Tracy doesn’t give Credit to Accident Scene Management Australia where she learnt her skills and has taken our concepts. To condense this course into 3 hours some very important information is being left out.

  2. Scary, to attempt to put all the information about motorcycle trauma and what to do at the scene of a crash into 3 hours leaves me with critical concerns! Phil Lemin an experienced rider and emergency responder with concerns over care at the scene before emergency personnel arrived; came to the USA. There he met the founder of Accident Scene Management’s Vicki Sanfelipo RN, EMT. Who developed a critical program, endorsed by the Nurses Association on critical things to do at the scene of a crash! It is not a 3 hour course. It is a one day course. Which makes a difference in saving lives! I am a survivor of a motorcycle crash and able to by first hand experience share, when doctors said I should be dead, it was because of a person that had taken a certified Accident Scene Management Class. I thank goodness it was not a short cut version! If you want the real deal I suggest you contact Phil Lemin at Accident Scene Management Australia! No short cuts, professional, detailed life changing course!

  3. Hi Phil, I notice ASMA are now offering a 4 hour “lite” course, presumably in direct competition to the 4 hour course that we designed. Does this mean that according to your own post, by condensing your 8 hour course “some very important information is being left out”? Or does it mean that you are dropping parts of your course that are irrelevant for motorbike riders as we have done, like snake bite, asthma, drowning or childhood illnesses? At First Aid For Motorcyclists, we have deep experience as riders across 5 continents and hundreds of thousands of kms, real-life first aid responders and professional trainers including with St John. Our course is tailored specifically for the needs of Australian motorbike riders including accident scene management, treatment of road related trauma, accident prevention and the legal aspects of providing first aid. Rather than attempting to cram motorcycle related information on top of a standard HLTAID003 first aid course in 8 hours, we have designed our course to focus more deeply on the information which is REALLY relevant for motorbike riders and at a much lower cost. We wish you all the best for your business. The more people trained in these vital skills the better.

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