Motorcycle Network First Aid

Motorcycle First Aid

When a crash happens and you are on the scene, keep your head and think calmly.
Look up, look around, take action with clear purpose.


FIRST CALL 000 for an ambulance.

If you're using a mobile and can’t get through on 000, call 112.


SECOND manage the traffic. Send two people at least 500 meters in each direction to slow traffic down.


THIRD – DO NOT remove their helmet, unless you are trained to do so.


St John DRABC Action Plan
Follow the St John DRABC action plan to effectively manage casualties and the accident scene.

Danger Is it safe to approach the injured person?
Response Is the person conscious or unconscious? Shake them lightly and shout to them, if they don't respond they are unconscious.
Airway The airway must be protected, roll them onto their side, being aware that their neck may be injured and needs to be stabilised whilst they are being rolled.
Breathing Once on their side check that the mouth is clear of any obstructions such as blood or vomit and make sure that they are breathing.

Stop any bleeding by applying direct pressure with bandages or clothing. If possible, elevate the bleeding part above the level of the chest.

Keep the injured person as still as possible by packing clothing and equipment around them to prevent movement to the spine and any broken bones.

Shelter them, e.g. with shade, keep smelly exhausts, ants and flies away from them.

I want people who ride with me to know this stuff.
I know it. But if I get hurt, do YOU know it?


High Velocity Injuries and Conditions

Like any high velocity sport, riding a motorcycle, has the potential to cause multiple and life threatening injuries including head, neck and back injuries, profuse blood loss, severe burns and unconsciousness.  In a situation where an individual is seriously injured, skilled and immediate first aid can be the difference between survival and death.


With all serious injuries sustained by motorcyclists it is imperative to clear the airway, stop all blood loss, protect the head, neck and back and send for medical help.  This is all achievable by a skilled and confident first aider. 


NSW St John’s Motorcycle First Aid Course.

The St Johns Motorcycle Course teaches ordinary riders the essentials about stabilising the patient until the ambulance arrives.


It teaches you about how to deal with severe injury and when and how to remove a riders helmet. e.g. if they are conscious and breathing, deal with their injuries, if not, then this course gives you the basic decision making information.


Book a course:

St John Ambulance Australia

Tel 1300 360 455



Having the confidence and competence to help someone out when they are injured or ill takes skill and practice.  But this is much easier after you’ve done a first aid course which gives you the opportunity to prepare for these situations.