Quarterly meeting focuses on FY 2012
statistics, winter precautions
|By Geneve N. Mankel, Public Affairs Staff
Safety topics relating to the Fort McCoy community were discussed Jan.
The Fort McCoy Safety and Occupational Health Advisory Council/Community
Health Promotion Council, comprised of safety representatives from
installation garrison and tenant activities, meets quarterly to share
information and promote safety at the installation.
Randy Eddy, Installation Safety Office (ISO) safety manager, facilitated
the meeting and said a wealth of information is available in the Winter
Safety Campaign section of the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center
website at https://safety.army.mil/.
The Fort McCoy garrison had 16 recordable injuries in calendar year (CY)
2012, a decrease of 10 from CY 2011, Eddy said.
The Army reported a record low injury year in FY 2012, said Lt. Col.
Rich Harvey, Fort McCoy Garrison deputy commander.
Harvey shared the Annual Army Safety message, “Army Safety 2012 — A Year
in Review and The Year Ahead.” The message, signed by top Army
leadership, said the Army had its third-safest year on record in FY
The message also states safety should be treated as an imperative, not
just a priority. Safety is non-negotiable in all that is done, both on-
and off duty.
This can be accomplished with several steps the letter says. Commanders
should evaluate their unit safety culture and the degree of
organizational risk through the Army Readiness Assessment Program.
Commanders at all levels must ensure timely completion of accident
reports and all leaders must know what their Soldiers are doing off
The letter can be found at
https://safety.army.mil/ in the Messages from Leaders section.
Tracy Saboy, Fort McCoy Health Clinic Chief, said the Occupational
Health Clinic (OHC) still has flu shots available.
“This is a bad flu season,” he said. “If you haven’t had your flu shot
and you’re a (Common Access Card) holder, you can come in and get your
The OHC, building 2669, is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Don Vender, ISO safety specialist, presented information about the Fort
McCoy Amnesty Program.
“If someone finds ammunition there are ways to turn it in without fear
of prosecution,” Vender said.
Any unexpended munitions are considered hazardous and should be turned
in or reported, he said.
Small-arms ammunition up to and including .50 caliber should be turned
into the Ammunition Supply Point (ASP), building 9036, Monday through
Friday from 6 a.m.–3:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m.–2:30
Items larger than .50 caliber should be recognized, retreated from and
reported. If the ordnance is found in the cantonment area it should be
reported to the Directorate of Emergency Services at 608-388-2000, or if
found in the field to Range Operations at 608-388-4848, Vender said.
Anyone with questions about the Amnesty Program or about how or where to
store ammunition, can call Vender at 608-388-6449 or the ASP at
Other topics discussed were:
• The Challenge Academy began a new class Jan. 17; if personnel see
unaccompanied Challenge Academy youth they should call the academy at
• Organizations that have concerns about the snow-plowing schedule or
map should contact the Help Line at 608-388-4357.
• Personnel should also exhibit caution and not make illegal maneuvers
when driving behind snow plows. The police department will be shadowing
the plows and enforcing the laws.
Garrison Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. Bill Bissonette
summarized the meeting by saying a culture of safety must be developed
at Fort McCoy. “We need to prevent accidents before they happen.”
For more information about Fort McCoy safety, contact the ISO at
608-388-3403, or contact your organization’s collateral/additional duty
safety officer. The next Safety and Occupational Health Advisory
Council/Community Health Promotion Council meeting is Tuesday, April 9.