500th MI conducts ‘Safety First Initiative’

| April 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Spc. Sung Y. Han, native of Los Alamitos, Ca., a linguist, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, and Sgt. Terry L. Bearden, information technology specialist, HHD, 500th MI Bde., ground guide a Humvee into a designated spot as part of the Brigade’s Safety First Initiative’s basic ground guiding class, April 11, at the brigade consolidated motor pool. As part of this initiative, starting April 4 and ending April 25, Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 500th MI Bde., took part in safety classes organized by the brigade logistics section.

Spc. Sung Y. Han, linguist, and Sgt. Terry L. Bearden, information technology specialist, HHD, 500th MI Bde., ground guide a Humvee into a designated spot as part of the Brigade’s Safety First Initiative’s basic ground guiding class, April 11, at the brigade’s consolidated motor pool. As part of this initiative, Soldiers took part in safety classes organized by the brigade logistics section.

 

Staff Sgt. Thomas G. Collins
500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — About 1,244 Soldiers were injured and 22 died because of an accident on duty, according to U.S. Army Accident Information Accident Statistics, last year.

“During a spot check, Mr. Eric L. Wilson, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade’s ground maintenance supervisor and deputy logistics officer, noticed that the unit’s generators were not grounded while preventive maintenance checks and services were being conducted,” said Maj. Gerveline Eliassaint, brigade logistics officer in charge, 500th MI Bde. “Mr. Wilson’s experience in investigating both fatal and non-fatal accidents prompted him to raise the issue to senior leaders.”

This prompted the 500th MI Bde.’s “Safety First Initiative.” As part

Fire Inspector Ken Kunihiro, Federal Fire Department Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, instructs Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, Soldiers on proper fire extinguishing techniques as part of the Brigade’s Safety First Initiative fire safety class, April 18, at the brigade consolidated motor pool. As part of this initiative, starting April 4 and ending April 25, Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 500th MI Bde., took part in safety classes organized by the brigade logistics section.

Fire Inspector Ken Kunihiro, Federal Fire Department, trains Soldiers on proper fire extinguishing techniques, April 18, at the brigade consolidated motor pool.

of this initiative, (April 4-25), Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 500th MI Bde., took part in safety classes organized by the brigade logistics section.

“The classes included generator operations, proper ground guiding procedures, hazardous materials safety and fire safety,” explained Eliassaint.

During the fire safety class, fire inspectors from the Federal Fire Department, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, instructed brigade Soldiers on proper fire extinguishing techniques.

“The instructors taught us that you must use the right type of fire extinguisher and aim at the base of the fire,” said Sgt. Pietro DiMaria, signals intelligence analyst, HHD, 500th MI Bde. “The class was very interactive and hands on.”

To better instruct the HHD Soldiers without the safety concerns of a real fire, the instructors used a digital fire extinguisher trainer to simulate extinguishing a fire.

“The digital training tool let us see where we were aiming,” said DiMaria. “It also showed us how fast we could put out the fire.”

During the basic tactical vehicle ground guiding class, Soldiers got a chance to refresh their skills.

Sgt. Pietro DiMaria, native of Brooklyn, New York, signals intelligence analyst, with Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, practices proper fire extinguishing techniques as part of the Brigade’s Safety First Initiative fire safety class, April 18, at the brigade consolidated motor pool. As part of this initiative, starting April 4 and ending April 25, Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 500th MI Bde., took part in safety classes organized by the brigade logistics section.

Sgt. Pietro DiMaria, signals intelligence analyst, practices proper fire extinguishing techniques, April 18.

“It’s important to have refresher training because it is easy to become complacent in familiar places like the motor pool,” explained Spc. Thomas Boyd, linguist, HHD, 500th MI Bde. “Having new equipment like the LMTV (light medium tactical vehicle) provided additional challenges.”

When working with new equipment, paying attention to warnings and cautions are critical.

“These classes are important because they stress critical warnings and cautions that could cause injury or death when working with tactical equipment,” Eliassaint said.

Knowing about the safety concerns and cautions can help Soldiers in the future.

“This information stays in their tool kit and can be used to reduce the probability of on- or off-duty accidents,” said Eliassaint.

The brigade focused on these classes to ensure the safety of the brigade’s personnel during maintenance operations.

Maintaining a safe work environment should remain at the forefront of everyone’s mind, Eliassaint said.

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