BAE’s radio sets lifesaving boost

North West Blood Bikes volunteers from BAE Warton
North West Blood Bikes volunteers from BAE Warton

Life-saving has been given a boost by major Fylde employer British Aerospace.

The company has provided five communication sets to North West Blood Bikes, a voluntary group transporting critical blood supplies to hospitals around the region.

Currently around a dozen BAE Systems employees are volunteering for the group.

Initially, the new communication sets will assist the blood bikers in training, with the aim of Bluetooth devices being fitted within the rider’s helmet, allowing use of either mobile phones or radios while riding the bike safely.

Al Boyle, Fylde area manager for NWBBL, works at BAE Warton as modification embodiment team leader on Typhoon at Warton and said: “We really appreciate this funding. Our riders all undergo regular training and while on the bikes it is vital communication between the rider and instructor/assessor is maintained.

“Once we have integrated the radios with the Bluetooth helmet sets, our riders will be able to communicate with the controller during a run.”

The charity provides an out-of-hours service to the NHS to transport lifesaving medical supplies to hospitals in the region and is always looking for more volunteers.

Al added: “You don’t even have to be able to ride a motorcycle! As well as duty riders we also need people to take on the roles of duty controllers, despatching riders on behalf of the hospitals, fund-raisers to attend events and admin support to ensure continued professionalism of the charity.”