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February 26, 2010

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Gate access procedures to change with installation of RAPIDGate equipment

Fort McCoy will introduce new gate access procedures in the near future to improve security and to further streamline the process to access the installation.

Kathryn Kirkpatrick, chief of physical security for the Fort McCoy Directorate of Emergency Services, said the new features will be the implementation of a scanning device to screen motorists and a new vendor registration system. The changes will help Fort McCoy meet the new Department of Defense security requirements for military installations.

Police still will staff the main entrance gates, Gates 5 (Sparta), 15 (Tomah), 20 (military vehicles) and the Main Gate, Kirkpatrick said, but now will have the ability to scan identification cards to verify identities.

Gate hours will remain the same. Gates 5 and 15 are open 5:30-8 a.m. (entry) and 3-5:30 p.m. (exit) weekdays, while the Main Gate and Gate 20 are open 24/7 for both entry and exit.

“The scanning device will help officers determine the validity of an identification card or driver’s license being used by motorists attempting to gain access to Fort McCoy,” Kirkpatrick said. “It’s another tool we have, such as dog searches and random access measurement procedures to help keep the installation work force safe,” and to prevent entry by unauthorized people.

The other change will be the implementation of the RAPIDGate Program for commercial vendors, suppliers, service providers and contractors serving the installation. Kirkpatrick said the RAPIDGate Program is offered by Eid Passport, Inc. The RAPID portion of the name is an acronym for “registered and previously identified.”

Members in the program are screened and, upon successful completion of the procedures, are issued an identity credential, similar to a smart card, which will allow them streamlined access to the installation through any of the gates that can support their vehicles. This will result in less waiting time for these people at the gates.

“The RAPIDGate Program has tremendous potential to improve the efficiency and security of contract and vendor work at Fort McCoy,” Kirkpatrick said. “We have seen the success of this program at other installations and highly encourage our vendors, suppliers, service providers and contractors to register for the program.”

Because all RAPIDGate Program participants have been previously screened, participants will enjoy more convenient and expedient access to Fort McCoy and only be subject to the same screenings as members of the Fort McCoy work force, she said.

“We chose these systems to give the widest spectrum of service to our customers with the least amount of impact on the community and our officers,” Kirkpatrick said.

To participate in the RAPIDGate Program at Fort McCoy, companies must call Eid Passport directly at 1-877-727-4342. Employees of enrolled companies can use the self-service registration station, located at the Welcome Center, building 35, near the Main Gate. Registration captures personal information, a photo and digital fingerprints for identity verification.

For more information about gate access procedures at Fort McCoy, call 608-388-4694.

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