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Personnel operating motorcycles on 
Fort McCoy need safety training

Motorcycle Safety Foundation Training will be offered free in 2009 at Fort McCoy for active-duty, Reserve, and National Guard military personnel and Department of Defense civilians.

Anyone who wishes to operate a motorcycle on Fort McCoy must pass Motorcycle Safety Foundation Training or its equivalent. Army personnel must complete the training to ride a motorcycle on and off post.

The standard course requirement to allow personnel to ride their motorcycles on Fort McCoy is the Basic Riders Course (BRC). Riders who have completed the Experienced Riders Course (ERC) prior to October 2007 are exempt from taking the BRC.

Basic Riders Course schedule for 2009

The 2009 Fort McCoy Basic Riders Course schedule, which runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. both days is: April 4-5, 13-14, 18-19, and 27-28; May 2-3, 11-12, 16-17, and 30-31; June 8-9, 13-14, 22-23, and 27-28; July 6-7, 11-12, 20-21, and 25-26; Aug. 3-4, 8-9, and 17-18; and 
Sept. 5-6, 14-15, 19-20, and 28-29.

Additional classes may be scheduled if a minimum of six participants are identified for each class.

BRC classes will be offered selected Saturdays and Sundays or Mondays and Tuesdays at Fort McCoy from April through September. In addition to the personnel who can take the course for free at Fort McCoy, eligible personnel also may register on a standby basis. Eligible standby personnel include retired military, military dependent and civilian contractors employed at Fort McCoy. These personnel must pay a fee of $125 to attend the course at Fort McCoy, if space permits.

The five-hour ERC course may be offered at Fort McCoy if there is sufficient interest (class size must be at least six personnel). The same eligibility and payment rules apply as for the BRC. The cost for personnel who do not qualify to take it for free is $50. The course is offered in addition to the BRC, but not in lieu of the BRC requirement.

To participate in the Fort McCoy training, eligible personnel can contact Ride Safe, Inc. at 715-299-7728, or visit the Web site: http://www.ridesafewi.com. Personnel using the Web site must ensure they click on/select the Fort McCoy courses under locations.

Classes also are available to the public at an Onalaska, Wis., site by paying appropriate fees.

For more information about forming an additional BRC class or an ERC class at Fort McCoy, call the Installation Safety Office at 608-388-3403. Motorcycle safety information, to include Protective Personal Equipment, also is posted on the Safety Web Extranet site, which is available through the Fort McCoy Public Web site at http://www.mccoy.army.mil.

ABATE, which also is located in this area of the state, offers qualified motorcycle safety training to the public; contact them for their current schedule and cost at 715-284-7415.

The Fort McCoy Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Patriot Warrior Riders Motorcycle Mentorship program pairs experienced riders with less-experienced riders to help provide riding and safety tips. For more information about the program, call 608-388-6588 or 608-388-3605.


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