|The Army will commit to safeguarding Soldiers, Army
civilians and their Families with the launch of the 2010 Safe Summer
The 2010 Campaign stresses proactive, prevention-focused risk mitigation
during the summer months. The campaign, which runs through Sept. 30,
encourages members of the Army Family to have fun this summer but keep a
watchful eye on the risk associated with every activity.
The Fort McCoy Patriot Warrior
Riders held a group motorcycle ride in conjunction with the
Armed Forces Day Open House. Twelve riders left the morning of
May 15 to go to the High Ground in Neillsville, Wis. The riders
went through the safety checklists and briefings and let Open
House participants see and hear the bikes as they lined up.
Photo by Rob Schuette
This campaign, located on the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center
Web site at https://safety.army.mil,
offers posters, videos and feature articles on more than 20 summer
topics, including all-terrain vehicle/dirt-bike safety, camping/hiking
safety, vacation safety, outdoor grilling and food preparation,
water/swimming safety, and home safety.
Summer is a very dangerous time of the year for the Army with notable
increases in off-duty accidental fatalities. The Fort McCoy Installation
Safety Office (ISO) wants to remind everyone about Traffic Safety.
When traveling throughout Wisconsin, check on construction zones on the
Wisconsin Department of Transportation Web site at
By doing so, you can better plan your route and departure time to ensure
a safe arrival at your destination.
Soldiers planning vehicle trips away from home for leave, pass or
temporary duty are required to use the Travel Risk Planning System (TRiPS),
which is available at the Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center Web site,
to determine the risks involved with their travel. Anyone with an Army
Knowledge Online account can access and use the system.
Motorcycle safety involves everyone who uses the public roadways.
Motorcycles/mopeds are far less crashworthy than enclosed vehicles, are
less visible to other drivers and pedestrians and are less stable than
four-wheeled vehicles. Railroad crossings, potholes, and other places
where the road’s smoothness is affected have to be ridden over with
care. Drivers behind motorcycles should be prepared to let them slow
down and change lane positions sufficiently for maximum safety.
Swimming and other water-related activities are excellent ways to get
the physical activity needed for a healthy life, and millions of people
enjoy lakes, rivers, and pools, each year. However, it is important to
be aware of ways to prevent water-related injuries. Wearing personal
flotation devices, obeying the laws, and using Composite Risk Management
will mitigate most of these injuries.
For more information about safety in the Fort McCoy community, call the
ISO at 608-388-3403, visit the office at building 1678 or visit the
Safety Section on the Fort McCoy Extranet, which is accessible through
the public Web site at
(Submitted by McCoy Installation Safety Office)