Team of motorcycling firefighters unveiled

WHEELS The team
WHEELS The team
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A NEW team of motorcycling firefighters will travel the country promoting road safety.

The group is part of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s RideSMART initiative to try and reduce the number of death and accidents involving motorbikes.

Last week, firefighters from across the country converged on the service’s Road Safety Centre in Winchester for a one-day conference dedicated to motorbike safety.

There the team of experienced, trained riders was unveiled. They will attend events throughout the county and use a Honda HRC Legends Fireblade as an educational tool to raise awareness of road safety.

Station manager Clyde Evans, of the Road Safety team, said: ‘We’re delighted that so many of our colleagues joined us to hear about our ground-breaking initiative RideSMART and share their knowledge with us.

‘We all share a goal to give motorcyclists enough knowledge to ensure that both rider and bike are fit for the road, reducing the number of road casualties and fatalities.’

The service established RideSMART in 2010 and a spokesman added that motorcyclists are just one per cent of road users but account for over 20 per cent of deaths.