Fort McCoy News October 28, 2016

Post community gathers to observe Safety Day

STORY & PHOTOS BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

More than 350 people from the Fort McCoy community gathered Oct. 12 for a Safety Day event.

The event, coordinated by the Installation Safety Office (ISO) and Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) Fire Department, offered a variety of indoor and outdoor displays and activities for guests. Areas covered included ergonomics for the office, personal protective equipment, traffic and highway safety, explosive-ordnance disposal safety, effects of drug and alcohol abuse, poisonous-plant detection, and much more.

"I was very pleased with all the people who came out for the event," said ISO Manager Randy Eddy. "It seemed that we had a pretty consistent flow going through our display area.

Fort McCoy community members visit display tables during a Safety Day event Oct. 12 at McCoy’s Community Center at Fort McCoy.
Fort McCoy community members visit display tables during a Safety
Day event Oct. 12 at McCoy's Community Center at Fort McCoy.



Safety Day participants visit with Sgt. Tony Green with the Wisconsin State Patrol to learn more about traffic safety.
Safety Day participants visit with Sgt. Tony Green with the Wisconsin
State Patrol to learn more about traffic safety.

"We offered a variety of safety themes that related well with Fort McCoy's diverse workforce and overall population," Eddy said. "We decided to have the event at McCoy's (Community Center) this year because the location is more centralized and also people could visit our event and also take advantage of getting lunch at the same location."

Event-goers were eligible for a discounted meal ticket to use at Primo's Express in the center. At least 150 people took advantage of the offer, Eddy said.

Rainy weather limited the number of people who visited the outdoor displays; however, DES personnel — both firefighters and police — were on hand inside McCoy's to participate in the day's events.

DES Fire Inspector Curt Ladwig said the event was a great opportunity to promote fire prevention as Safety Day was held during National Fire Prevention Week. "In spite of the weather, the Safety Day was a huge success," he said.

Sgt. Tony Green with the Wisconsin State Patrol had a traffic safety table display at the event.

"An event like this gives me an opportunity to shed some light about things going on around the state about safety and, in particular, traffic safety," Green said. "These events allow us to remind people to always be thinking about safety while out on the road and in their lives. If you put safety first, you can't go wrong."

Green said people with more questions about traffic safety in Wisconsin should go online to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's traffic safety webpage at www.wisconsindot.gov/Pages/safety/education/
default.aspx
. For information about traffic conditions, go to www.511wi.gov.

Eddy said that while Safety Day is held once a year, "we should be thinking about safety in everything we do every day."

The ISO, located in building 1678, has information available and can help with safety presentations. For more information, call the ISO at 608-388-3403.

For more information Army safety, go online to the Army Combat Readiness Center's webpage at https://safety.army.mil.