Fort Bliss, TX (KTSM) — The Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security for U.S. Army Garrison held annual safety stand down training at the Biggs Park at East Fort Bliss, May 9. Department of Defense civilians, active-duty Soldiers and contractors all work to provide a focused training environment for Fort Bliss and White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
Justin Carey, safety officer for DPTMS, organized many speakers to cover a wide range of subjects including: motorcycle safety, stress management, fire prevention, substance abuse awareness training and West Nile Virus, Avian Influenza, and heat injury prevention.
The DPTMS coordinates garrison operations and training to include: visual information, range control, airfield operations, operational planning, emergency operations functions, installation operation centers and the Team Bliss Operation Center.
Everyone needs to be reminded to do things safely, because we are losing more lives from accidents in the garrison community than casualties downrange in the war, explained Lt. Col. Charles J. Norris, acting director of DPTMS.
The three-hour training began with motorcycle safety taught by Patrick Cross and was followed by Inspector Ernesto Rubalcaba, Fort Bliss Fire Prevention Office.
Cross encouraged the workers not to become motorcycle statistics, saying, “Be a hero every day … remember to consider environmental issues, road conditions, other drivers, fatigue, and most importantly, courtesy.”
Following the safety presentations, the DPTMS staff presented seven awards for employee or supervisor of the quarter, to include three additional awards for length in service from 10 to 30 years.
“Civilians work on a military base where there are many hazards, therefore it is critical that we are reminded to do risk assessments as we perform our daily duties,” said Norris.