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Safety first on a bike.

FIREFIGHTERS can be called out to road accidents as often as they are to blazes.

But a new addition to Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, a BMW R1150 fire bike, will not be seen at fires, it will be used in a community safety campaign to cut road-related deaths and injuries.

Firefighter David Stone, project officer for the fire bike, said: "The county council Fire and Rescue Service staff are ideally placed to offer advice and support to all road users".

And Chief Fire Officer Brian Hesler added: "The bike will be used to engage motorbike riders, encouraging safer riding and explaining the importance of respecting the communities they ride through.

"But it will also be used to spread road safety messages to all road-users."

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 4, 2007
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