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'Biker Down' safety project recognised with international award

6 February 2013

Kent Fire and Rescue Service has been presented with a prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for its innovative road safety project ‘Biker Down’.

The pioneering motorcycle safety course - launched in August 2011 and delivered out of Ashford Fire Station - was devised by KFRS’s Fire Bike team and was the first of its kind to be delivered by firefighters.

The award was presented to KFRSs Chief Executive Ann Millington and the team at Ashford Fire Station by Karen Cole, Director of Safety for the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA). This achievement was officially announced in December at the annual Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards ceremony in London.

MCIA Director of Safety Karen Cole said, “Biker Down is a marvellous initiative which can only help to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries by helping motorcyclists to assist others in the event of an accident. As a motorcyclist myself, I am delighted to present this award and would like thank everyone involved in this worthwhile scheme on behalf of the motorcycle industry.”

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