When you are reading one of our Road Guardians newsletters, do you ever find yourself wondering what the difference is between Road Guardians and Accident Scene Management? If so you’re not the only one, so let us clear up any confusion and explain the difference.
Accident Scene Management
Accident Scene Management was founded in 1996 by Vicki Sanfelipo. At the time, Vicki Sanfelipo was a Registered Nurse and single mother of 3 that lived in Wausau, WI. She was invited to attend a class hosted by ABATE and taught by Slider Gilmore called “Two Wheel Trauma”. This class inspired her to teach a small group of her friends before going on a group ride, so that in case anything happened on the ride they would know how to help each other. It didn’t take long before other riders heard about it, and they also wanted to learn. Vicki soon realized there was a need to get this information to fellow bikers. Thus, Accident Scene Management was formed.
Accident Scene Management had it’s humble beginnings in an office in the basement of Vicki’s home in Wausau. ASM was granted 501c3 non-profit status and went on to become accredited by the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center). Vicki moved to the Milwaukee area and ended up opening a physical location for the business, but was still limited financially. She quickly learned that while Accident Scene Management was providing a much-needed service, it was also so niche that it made it hard to qualify for grants that most non-profits easily obtained. In talking about this with a close friend, they came up with an idea to start a program that could help support Accident Scene Management in it’s mission to reduce injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists. Can you guess what that program was named?
Road Guardians was launched in 2010 by Vicki Sanfelipo and Chris Hawver to expand and support Accident Scene Management’s mission. It was formed as a nationally branded program amongst motorcyclists that consists of a community of safety-minded riders across the world. The RG program encourages motorcyclists to be “lifelong learners” by providing resources, ways to improve riding skills, links to safety education and services, legal resources, local and national events and supporting safety minded biker owned businesses. This is accomplished through Road Guardians memberships.
For only $20/year, Road Guardian members receive exclusive member benefits, such as discounts on ASM classes and trauma supplies, plus free access to the Benefits Hub where they receive discounts to hundreds of retailers nationwide. RG members are also given access to a Road Guardians members-only Facebook group where they connect with other members near and far, get to participate in giveaways and get special recognition for those who are certified in a rider safety course, CPR and ASM’s Basic and Advanced training.
We have worked to keep the membership price the same as the day we started while providing as much value as we can to our RG members. New members also receive a welcome packet with an RG patch their first time signing up. We would love to have you as a member! If you would like to join or learn more click HERE.
Since the launch of the Road Guardian Program, and with membership support, ASM has grown to become the largest motorcycle trauma training organization in the world. It is the only accredited bystander assistance training in the US. and to date ASM now has over 100 Instructors across the US, Instructors in five other countries, and has trained over 45,000 motorcyclists! In 2020 Vicki was inducted into the Sturgis Hall of Fame for her life’s work in reducing injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists. 2023 is shaping up to be the biggest year yet for ASM, and we would like to thank our Road Guardian members, for without them this may have never been possible.