|Story & photos by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Members of the Fort McCoy community had the opportunity to focus on
safety during the Safety Stand-Down Day Nov. 16.
Nearly 300 personnel visited the safety booths/presentations at building
905, said Randy Eddy, Installation Safety Office (ISO) safety manager.
The ISO coordinated the event.
Staff Sgt. Matthew Clancy, Sgt.
Joseph Matthews and Sgt. Gregory Boyer of the Maneuver Area
Training Equipment Site perform vehicle inspections at the
Safety Stand-Down Day.
“This is one of the better events we’ve held,” Eddy said. “We had a
variety of activities going on. Police officers held traffic enforcement
clinics the day before and today. Supervisors could do walk-through
inspections of their facilities to identify safety hazards and make
corrections. We offered several online training courses and an
opportunity to complete the Army Readiness Assessment Survey (ARAP), and
the safety fair at building 905.”
Eddy said more than 340 people had completed the Army Readiness
Assessment Program (ARAP) survey by the morning of the event. The online
safety courses included those for new employees, supervisors, and
continuing courses. These courses still can be done online at anytime,
The event also brought many organizations together for the safety fair,
such as law enforcement, the fire department, natural resources, Family
and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR), behavioral health and the
Occupational Health Clinic to share safety information. The event
featured such hands-on activities as a simulated fire-extinguisher
exercise and vehicle inspections. Family and MWR also offered door
“The flu immunization clinic was a big drawing card and brought a lot of
people here,” Eddy said. “Safety representatives from the 88th Regional
Support Command also came here so we can work together on this and,
hopefully, future safety events such as the motorcycle safety event,
Don Vender (right), an
Installation Safety Office safety specialist, explains an OSHA
exhibit at the Safety Stand-Down Day information fair.
Michael Boldon, the Safety Occupational Health supervisor for the
88th, said, “It’s a great opportunity anytime you can get these
organizations together working on safety. You can see what everyone has
to offer, and we can share information.”
Participants appreciated the information and materials available to help
re-enforce and learn about safety at the installation.
Kattina Smothers of Fort McCoy Family and MWR Lodging said she liked the
hunting and fishing information, as well as the car safety information.
Tracy Roof of the Resource Management Office Budget Section said she
appreciated the chance to have her vehicle inspected and determine it
was in good operating condition. Members of the Maneuver Area Training
Equipment Site (MATES) performed the inspections and queried
participants about whether they had winter survival kits, including an
emergency blanket, flashlights, etc., in their vehicles.
Judy Rafajko of the Fort McCoy Family and MWR Lodging said it was good
to see the safety information and how it applied to her position as well
as to have the opportunity to get a flu immunization.
Staff Sgt. Sammy Echevarria of the 2nd, 411th Logistical Support
Battalion of the 181st Infantry Brigade, said he learned about the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) building
inspections to ensure buildings have a safe working environment.
Fred Cazzola of the Directorate of Logistics said he appreciated the
variety of safety information, including the fire department information
about how to exit buildings and how to teach youth to do it.
“I also liked the ATV (all terrain vehicle) information for my
grandchildren,” he said. “The MATES people also helped me get an idea
about my car tire concerns.”
Eddy said the ISO also participates in public events held on Fort McCoy,
such as the spring Wellness Fair, and the Armed Forces Day Open house.
ISO also conducts Installation Safety Council quarterly meetings, and
anyone with safety questions/concerns is advised to contact their Safety
The next Fort McCoy Safety Council quarterly meeting will be Jan. 11,
2011. For more information about the meeting or to address safety
topics/concerns in the McCoy community, call ISO at 608-388-3403.