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by Vicki Sanfelipo, RN/EMT
Executive Director ASM/Road Guardians
I’ll never forget the words of my inspiration “Slider” Gilmore who was the first person I met who addressed what to do at the scene of a motorcycle trauma. “The more people we get trained the better off we will all be”. Accident Scene Management Training is something we should all do for each other. With 7 Million motorcyclists in the USA, the key to offering more classes is to train more instructors.
Last weekend 3 new instructors were trained, Sylvia and Bruce Haroldson in Minnesota and Greg Zindler in Texas. We also trained two of our seasoned instructors to become Instructor Trainers. Congratulations to Colleen Vetere, RN – Colorado and Debbie Parinello, Paramedic – Michigan.
If you are interested in teaching or finding an instructor visit us athttp://roadguardians.org/instructor-bios/. Whether your interest is hosting a class or taking a class, information can be found at:http://roadguardians.org/schedule/ or http://roadguardians.org/host-a-class/. Our website is full of useful information thanks to our Road Guardian Members who support our mission to reduce injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists.
The last year has been a very busy and interesting year for me; I have had some huge opportunities that have come my way. They were all a direct result of doing the International Cycle Show. If you are able, this could net you some great rewards on getting the ASM message out.
2010 is really when it all began, when I was approached by a member of the Michigan Governors Board Motorcycle Safety Action Team. He chose me because of my EMS background and being an ASM Instructor. He invited me to come to a meeting in Lansing, which I did, and shortly after was accepted as member myself. The group asked me to do a seminar last fall about ASM, including what it was all about. It went over great and was well-received by all the members. From there I was asked to do a seminar at the 2012 Michigan Traffic Safety Summit, which was an amazing chance to get the message out to many police officers and EMS personnel. The hands-on approach was something that they never had at these summits and was appreciated by all.
I was then invited to The Michigan Traffic Enforcement Training Conference on September 11, 2012 in Lansing, Michigan for nearly 300 officers, and another on September 18 in Marquette, Michigan for around a 100 officers and some EMS. I did a one hour seminar, and then did hands-on stations for about 5 hours in the afternoon. It was great, as were the reviews. While I was in Marquette, I was again told by EMS that had been working in EMS for 22 years that they have never had any training like it, and they would really like me to come out to the State EMS Expo to train more people about what we teach. I am really looking forward to seeing where this path takes me next.
Bottom line – wear your ASM shirt, put your EMS logo or what ever your level of education patch at every motorcycle related event you attend. Take advantage of motorcycle shows, swaps, and rallies. Also, motorcycle shops are always happy to put out flyers for you. Many motorcycle groups have websites that will list your info, so all new members have access to your info, as well.
Debbie Parinello EMT-P Lead Instructor- Michigan
Write to Debbie through our online form.
Almost one year ago, my wife Pat and I took an ASM class in Black River Falls, WI. Well, we got our chance to put our skills to use Sunday evening. We were on the last leg of a 250+ mile day trip with friends and had come around a corner to find a handful of people standing around someone lying face down in a pool of blood on the paved road shoulder of the road. This gentleman was riding a bicycle and had crashed hard onto the pavement. All of the people at the scene were just standing there looking at the victim; nobody had done anything except call 911.
We all got off our bikes and took control of the situation. (We also had a First Responder riding with us.) We had people attending to unconscious victim, others getting needed supplies from our saddle bags, and others directing traffic and keeping the scene safe. Our training immediately came back to us and we were confident in our actions. The man did regain consciousness and was further attended to by EMS when they arrived.
Thank you for teaching us the simple skills that truly can make a difference.
Understanding Ethanol-Related Fuel Problems Part 2 of 2
Written by: Biker Chad
When it comes to using ethanol unfortunately we do not have a choice, unless you are lucky enough to live in an area that still has real gasoline available at the pumps. Total prevention of ethanol problems is almost impossible, but there are some things we can do to minimize the problems and damage ethanol can cause.
- Every time you fill your fuel tank, be sure to use a fuel stabilizer like STA-BIL or Amsoil Gasoline Stabilizer even if you are not planning on storing the machine or fuel. These stabilizers work by stabilizing otherwise unstable aromatic hydrocarbons and preventing microbial growth in the gasoline. If left untreated gasoline goes bad as fast as two weeks. Stabilized gasoline can last a year or two depending on storage conditions. Properly stored gasoline should be mixed with a fuel stabilizer, stored in a properly labeled plastic gasoline container, away from any ignition sources, in a cool dry place, and if stored on cement floor place a piece of plywood on top of cement. Rotate and use any gas that is in storage regularly to keep storage time to a minimum.
- Keep any fuel tanks around 90% – 95% to prevent condensation but still allow for expansion and contraction.
- Change fuel filters every year, or at the least every other year. Keep in mind some vehicles can have more than one fuel filter.
- For seasonally stored small engines (lawn mowers, motorcycles, chain saws, weed whackers etc.) always add a fuel stabilizer in the fuel. Be sure to run the motor long enough to get the stabilizer through the entire fuel system including the carburetor or fuel injection. After storage be sure to add Amsoil Quick Shot before running the machine to prevent ethanol damage before the first use. Quick Shot is specially formulated for these types of small engines. This information is especially important for any 2 cycle motor as they are VERY susceptible to ethanol damage.
- Adding an octane booster may seem like a good idea to combat the octane drop E10 can have when it deteriorates but keep in mind that a lot of fuel additives like injector cleaner, carburetor cleaner, almost all octane boosters contain ethanol alcohol, methanol alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, or other forms of alcohol and adding these to your E10 gasohol can raise the alcohol content and this is a VERY BAD idea. Be careful what you add to your fuel tank. A better idea would be to purchase the appropriate octane level that your engine requires at the pump and treat it with a stabilizer to prevent gasohol deterioration and octane loss.
- Buy your gasoline from new modern gas stations whenever possible as they will have new storage tanks. Gasoline is stored underground at gas stations and older gas stations may have rotting storage tanks that allow water to seep in.
- Inspect fuel lines every so often, like when an oil change is performed, or when washing the vehicle. As we learned rubber, plastic, and even steel and aluminum can be damaged by ethanol. Leaking fuel lines can lead to a vehicle fire.
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