Bikers to return home with first aid skills

THE STAR, August 1

KUALA LUMPUR : More than 200 motorcyclist, who went up Cameron Highlands yesterday for a bikers' gathering there, plan to return as members of a "road rescue" team.

Also they would learn life-saving skills at a Road Rescue Workshop there.

The workshop is part of the Bikers' Meet - a two-day event organized by the Equatorial Hill Resort Cameron Highlands.

The Malaysia Volunteers of Fire and Rescue Association (MVFRA) will conduct the workshop with Safety Riding as its theme.

MVFRA president K. Balasupramaniam said the bikers would learn first aid skills.

"We will teach them how to react and help when a road accident occurs by using materials available at the scene, such as newspapers and mineral water bottles.

"We will present Public Rescuer cards to the participants at the end of the session," he added.

Balasupramaniam said, in most cases, members of the public were the first respondents to any accident anywhere.

He said they could provide assistance to sustain a victim's life before any professional rescue team arrived.

"Many want to help but do not know what to do. Some move the victims in a manner which can cause their death," he added.

The association had conducted a series of workshops on Defensive Riding, Safety Riding, and Road Rescue since in conjunction with the National Motorcyclist Safety Campaign launched by the Prime Minister.

The participants from throughout the country included motorcyclists with machines under 100cc.

MVFRA chief advisor Datuk Lee Lam Thye flagged off participants from the Kalng Valley at the Hotel Equatorial, here, yesterday.

Bikers from other states met in Tapah before heading to the resort.


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