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November 11, 2011


Safety Day event offers demonstrations, information to Fort McCoy work force

People who attended the Fall/Winter Oct. 27 Safety Day at Fort McCoy could learn a lot about seasonal, holiday and general safety concerns, as well as participate in a number of interactive safety activities.
PHOTO: Mary Guthrie uses a safe motorcyclist awareness and recognition trainer. Photo by Rob Schuette
Mary Guthrie uses a safe motorcyclist awareness and recognition trainer in the Transportable High-End Rider Education Facility under the guidance/observance of Julie Roth (standing). (Photo by Rob Schuette)

Randy Eddy, Fort McCoy Installation Safety Office (ISO) safety manager, said it is one of two safety days held at Fort McCoy during the year. The other, which is held at the May Health and Wellness Fair and Armed Forces Day Open House, focuses on spring/summer safety concerns.

Members of the ISO, 88th Regional Support Command Safety Office, the Fort McCoy Police and Fire Departments, and Army Substance Abuse Program, among other organizations, had informational handouts. The Occupational Health Clinic offered a flu immunization clinic.

The Wisconsin State Patrol displayed the Transportable High-End Rider Education Facility (THE REF). THE REF is used to promote safe motorcycle riding in Wisconsin with a goal of eliminating fatalities. Eddy said reducing accidents/fatalities for military personnel riding motorcycles also is one of the Army’s top priorities.

Wisconsin statistics from 2010 indicate that although motorcycles make up only 4 percent of the registered vehicles on state roads, accidents involving motorcyclists account for about 15 percent of the state’s motor-vehicle fatalities — 106 in 2010.

Ken Heis, THE REF community services specialist for the State Patrol, said the mobilized trailer facility has several displays and interactive displays to impart knowledge about safe motorcycle riding.

THE REF has two Safe Motorcyclist Awareness and Recognition Trainers, which allow students to use an interactive motorcycling program to assess their skills.

Eddy said the ISO also holds various safety classes throughout the year, including the recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration classes it hosted, is available for presentations to installation organizations upon request and holds a quarterly Safety and Occupational Health Advisory Council/Community Health Promotion Council meeting for installation organizations. The next meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Safety information also is available to organizations at Fort McCoy by visiting the ISO, building 1678; by calling the ISO at 608-388-3403; or by accessing the Fort McCoy Extranet safety section, which is available through the public website at www.mccoy.army.mil.

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