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March 23, 2012

Safety

BRC schedule for military motorcyclists set for 2012, classes start in April

The Basic Rider Course (BRC), a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) course, will be offered at Fort McCoy from April through September for military personnel in the installation community.

The BRC is taught through a contract with Ride Safe LLC. Military personnel who wish to ride their motorcycles at Fort McCoy must pass an MSF basic course. Fort McCoy (the Army) will pay the cost if the course is taken at Fort McCoy.
Beginning in April, the two-day course will be offered from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. — in either Thursday-Friday or Saturday-Sunday sessions — at McCoy.

Courses will be:

April: 14-15; 19-20; 28-29;
May: 3-4; 17-18; 31-(June) 1;
June: 28-29;
July: 7-8; 26-27;
August: 4-5; 9-10; 23-24;
September: 6-7; 15-16; 20-21.

The one-day Basic Rider Course 2 (formerly Experienced Rider Course) will be offered Friday, April 13 and Friday, May 11. Both sessions will run from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Additional Basic Rider Course 2 sessions and the Military Sportbike Rider Course may be offered if there is sufficient demand.

All motorcycle riders — and passengers — on the installation must wear a properly fastened, approved helmet; proper eye protection; full-fingered gloves; long trousers; a long-sleeved shirt or jacket; and leather boots or over-the-ankle shoes.

A brightly colored upper outer garment must be worn during the day and a reflective upper outer garment at night. These garments will be clearly visible from both the front and back. Military uniforms do not meet this criterion.

To register for a course, military personnel must visit the website: www.ridesafewi.com, click on the MILITARY Icon and follow the instructions. Military personnel must register with Ride Safe and the Army Installation Management Command Registration System to have the training paid for by Fort McCoy.

For members of the general public looking to attend training in this area and for more information about courses available and costs, contact Ride Safe, LLC at www.ridesafewi.com or call 715-299-7728 or ABATE (A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments) 715-284-7415 or visit the website: www.abatewis.org.

For information on motorcycle policies in the Fort McCoy community, call the Directorate of Emergency Services at 608-388-2000.

For more information about safety classes in the Fort McCoy community, call the Installation Safety Office at 608-388-3403.

Safety issues also can be provided to each organization’s safety representatives for consideration at the Quarterly Safety and Occupational Health Advisory Council/Community Health Promotion Council. The next meeting is at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 10 at building 50.

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