Road Guardians safety class. I put out some feelers and am now thinking of actually hosting a class at the community clubhouse where I live. Basically the Road Guardian class is designed to provide basic accident scene emergency training that is motorcycle specific. It is not a first aid or first responder class, but a class designed to assist EMS and the police in case of a motorcycle accident.
I was surprised to learn for example that when trauma results in the use of CPR there is only a 1% chance of survival and that many EMS technicians may not know how to properly remove a bikers safety gear (such as chaps). Or at least this is what is reported on the website.
At this point in my life I mostly ride alone. That may change in the future, and I do see a lot of bikers and scooters on the road. I also know that eventually I will see an accident because frankly I see a lot of idiots on bikes...to many. Being able to help in some way in case of an accident appeals to me. In 2007 for example, motorcyclists accounted for 13% of all traffic fatalities. That's a ridiculous number.
This class is a one day program and I should stress it's not going to give anyone CPR or first aid certification. If I feel there is enough interest in it, I may looking into bringing in a CPR/First aid trainer as well. I live one hour from Tampa, one hour from St. Pete and one hour from Orlando. So I'm centrally located and have access to a building that could be used to hold a class.
So I am going to put feelers out. Starting with the St. Pete Scooter Club and the Orlando Scooter Society. I figured a few other forums I belong to might spread the word as well. If there is enough interest then I'll look into it a little further. No harm in that is there?