First Aid for Motorcyclists seeks new owner

First Aid for Motorcyclists organisers Roger Fance Tracy Hughes

First Aid for Motorcyclists founders Tracy Hughes and Roger Fance are leaving the business and looking for someone willing to pick up the reins.

Roger says Tracy has unfortunately developed a “serious health issue” this year and undergone extensive treatment.

“This will continue into 2018 and so we have made the difficult decision to put the business up for sale since running the national business as well as managing and delivering training in NSW/ACT is taking our focus away from ensuring that Tracy makes a good recovery,” he says.

Tracy and Roger have been delivering their Motorcycle Accident Management course around the country for the past four years.

The course was developed in response to learnings from a number of motorcycle accidents that Tracy and Roger experienced, either as a casualty or as a first aider.

Need for specialised first aid course

“A standard first-aid course doesn’t cover everything a rider faces at an accident scene,” Roger says.

First Aid for Motorcyclists course
Roger instructs at a First Aid for Motorcyclists course

“We wanted to develop a course that is accessible and affordable to all riders and provides the key steps and information necessary not only from the perspective of managing severe injuries until the ambulance arrives but also how to safely and effectively manage an accident scene, understand legal rights and obligations and practices to prevent accidents occurring in the first place. The course is very interactive with lots of demos, videos, hands-on practice and scenario discussions”

After delivering the course in Sydney for about 18 months, organisations such as motorcycle councils, rider associations and large clubs urged Tracy and Roger to run sessions in their areas. So they took the program on the road for two years, delivering the course in every mainland state and territory, all mainland capital cities and many regional centres.

3000 riders trained

Tracy says they provided training to about 3000 riders who are “now out there and know what to do should the worst happen to a fellow rider”.

First Aid for Motorcyclists organisers Roger Fance Tracy Hughes
Tracy on her Ducati Multistrada

“We received fantastic feedback about the quality of the course including from doctors, nurses, paramedics, emergency service workers and other first aid instructors” Tracy says.

“Along the way, we met several other passionate individuals who wanted to be part of the First Aid for Motorcyclists’ story and as a result we now have Instructors based in Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and even Pennsylvania, USA.”

The success of this community-based training program was helped by the support of national and state-based motorcycle councils and rider associations, large clubs such as Ulysses Club or HOG chapters, various rider skills organisations, local NSW Councils and NSW Roads and Maritime Services which provided venues and subsidised ticket prices for students. First aid course

Several courses were delivered for Defence on their bases and for Australia Post motorbike posties. Maurice Blackburn Lawyers also got on board with financial assistance and specialist lawyers at the courses to provide information about the parameters and timeframes for making personal injury claims.

Scope for the future

“I think there is plenty of scope to expand the footprint of this training in Australia as well as to expand overseas to New Zealand, the USA and UK” says Roger.

“The proven franchise model is in place and works, it’s now just a question of finding the right individuals to take it up”.

If you are interested in taking over the master franchise which includes the brand, social media assets, websites, backend systems, customer and supplier databases, processes, instructor network and intellectual property including course materials, please email Roger for a prospectus at roger@firstaidformotorcyclists.com.au or call on 0427 464 266.

2 Comments

  1. Hi Donna,
    Thank-you for your kind words Donna, we have received so much support through friends, family and wonderful people like you who unexpectedly reach out, connect and make such a big difference. The journey has been a challenging one over the past 6 months but I feel very optimistic about a full recovery. I loved reading your words and very much appreciate you sharing your story xxx
    It’s been a hugely rewarding 4 years to see so many riders trained up with FAFM skills. Rog and I are confident the program will continue to be rolled out around Australia and taken up by other countries with the right person at the helm. I hope to get out there and do a lot more riding in the new year so chances are I will see you on the road soon !! All the best, Tracy

  2. Hi Tracey & Roger
    I did your course with Teena Commander a couple of yours ago and really enjoyed it. I too went Throu what you are going Throu 16 years ago at 35 yo. I too was running a successful business and put it up for sale. I’m 51 now strong and heathy and riding my bike after learning after my diagnosis..
    I wish you a speedy recovery and hope the 2018 is a better year for you. I see your pics on Teena’s photos and hope you continue to have fun with your family & friends. All the very best to you from Donna

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