Fort McCoy News October 25, 2013

Safety Day offers interactive activities, information

STORY & PHOTOS BY GENEVE N. MANKEL
Public Affairs Staff

Fort McCoy's annual Safety Day attracted a record-breaking number of guests this year and offered a variety of new information booths and interactive activities.

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An attendee at Fort McCoy's Safety Day gets a hands-on
demonstration of robotic bomb-disposal equipment by the 115th
Fighter Wing Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.

Approximately 350 people attended the Sept. 25 event, said Deb Heise-Clark, Installation Safety Office (ISO) safety specialist.

Many of the booths and activities were new to this year's event and included organizations from Fort McCoy and the surrounding communities, Heise-Clark said.

New activities included woodcutting safety information and demonstrations by the Directorate of Public Works Natural Resources Branch; a hands-on bomb disposal demonstration using robotic equipment and examples of unexploded ordnance and improvised explosive devices by the 115th Fighter Wing Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team; information about staying healthy by Fit-4-Life, and a modified field sobriety test offered by the Directorate of Emergency Services Police Department, which allowed participants to understand the effects of impairment on motor skills.

Heather Schrier, a Fort McCoy contractor, said the field sobriety test demonstration was a great way to teach people about not drinking and driving.

Staff Sgt. Clinton Murdock said he enjoyed the EOD team's display the most. "I got to learn how intricate the controls of their equipment are and the fine details of how it moves and pivots."

The Fort McCoy Fire Department also displayed its new interactive fire safety trainer. Participants responded to and extinguished simulated fires.

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Attendees at Fort McCoy's Safety Day watch as Jim Kerkman,
a forester with the Directorate of Public Works Natural Resources
Branch, demonstrates safe wood-cutting techniques.

Other popular booths included the Monroe County Health Department's display of the sugar, fat and sodium content that is found in common foods; the HON and Right Angle displays, which each offered participants the opportunity to experiment with adjusting office equipment to understand ergonomics; and the Mathew's Inc. display that focused on tree-stand safety. No federal endorsement is implied.

"Inviting outside vendors to participate contributed to the overall success of this year's event," Heise-Clark said.

Other organizations that participated at the event included the ISO; Morale, Welfare and Recreation Outdoor Recreation program; Army Community Service; the Religious Support Office; the Occupational Health Clinic; TRICARE; the 88th Regional Support Command; Military Family Life Consultants, and the Army Substance Abuse Program.

For more information about safety in the Fort McCoy community, call 608-388-3403.