Use of Bikes in SAR
Historic use of Bikes by Emergency services.
Overview of present Bike use by emergency Services.
Role of Bikes in Lowland SAR
Why we might use bikes in lowland SAR, how they would be deployed and the advantages that can be gained from their use.
Tasking and formations - Theory
How bikes are used by Search Managers and how teams might be used. How a team ridesin different formations for effective searching.
Types of bike suitable for use in SAR operations – Theory & practical
In this unit we will discuss the different types of Bikes available and the suitability of these for use in search. We will look at different frame systems, suspension systems and brake systems.
Different types of tyres will also be covered in this unit in order to outline the advantages and disadvantages of road v off road tyres.
Equipment – Theory & practical
Here we will look at clothing, personal equipment to be carried and overall team kit.
Bike Maintenance - Practical
This session will be carried out by a suitably qualified bike mechanic who will cover both in depth and emergency bike maintenance.
Slow speed manoeuvring - Practical
Handling a bike safely at slow speed requires a certain level of skill and concentration. Whilst we will not be teaching this skill we will get participants to demonstrate their ability in this area and advise of any problems that we can immediately rectify
Dealing with obstacles - Practical
As in the above session we will only ask participants to demonstrate their ability over a series of obstacles including steps and a debris field.
Rules of the Road - Theory
As it describes, a short presentation on the relevant legislation regarding cyclists and the Road Traffic Act.
Practicalities of searching from a bike Practical
The application of certain formations, relevant to the search area. How effective sweep width can be obtained by the use of searchers carrying out the taskings given by their team leader.
The need for accurate navigational information to be given both to the bike team and by the bike team.
Riding in Urban areas - Practical
Riders will be taken around a variety of different urban areas to understand the need to ride safely in busy traffic environments.
Riding in Rural off road environments
Riders will be shown a variety of rural and off road areas so that they understand how changing terrain affects both their riding style and their ability to effectively search those areas.
A short search exercise to cover a time of at least 2 hours and over varying terrain. The area used will be consistent with those areas identified as best suited for bike search.