Accident scene management: One of the best 'crash courses' dealers can offer

Publish Date: 
Apr 18, 2012

A couple of Harley-Davidson dealers in Illinois are doing their best to keep their customers alive and healthy -- by hosting accident scene management classes for riders and those who love them. And it may be the most thoughtful event a dealership can host this season.

The first course teaches what to do in the first 5 to 30 minutes after a crash (any vehicle: motorcycle, car, ATV etc.) until professional help arrives. Assessing the scene of the accident, helmet removal, jaw thrust, Good Samaritan laws and moving the injured are all addressed and practiced. The cost is $75 per person and includes all the classroom material and supplies which is an ASMI book, ASMI folder, ASMI patch, ASMI certification, beverages and snacks for all attending. Trauma & first aid kits will be available.

“You’ll get that ‘ah ha’ moment in the class – everyone does – that’s why I do this, “ says instructor Gina Woods of Open Road Radio, who’s also an EMT and has been teaching such courses at dealerships throughout the country.

The first session, Accident Scene Management 100 Series Basic Class-“A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist” will be offered April 21 at Woodstock Harley-Davidson in Woodstock, Ill., with the Advanced Class to follow April 28. The courses are open to all riders regardless of make or model of bike, as well as to motorists. Signups are available here.

The Accident Scene Management 300 Series class, Advanced Bystander Assistance is set for April 28, also at Woodstock Harley-Davidson. Learn to be a leader at a scene of an accident as well as how to assist responders when they arrive. Some “surprise situations” may take place in this class to keep student on their toes. Signups are available here. Wildfire Harley-Davidson in Villa Park, Ill., will offer the same class June 2.

The classes are eligible for continuing education credits for emergency responders. More information is available by calling (630) 833-9889 or at www.accidentscene.org.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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