Army safety leaders updated on progress
The status of the Army Safety Program was front and center at the Army Senior Safety Professional Development Symposium held at Fort Rucker, Ala., Feb. 7-10, 2011. The key measure of success in the ASP is the number of fatalities reported in off-duty accidents, and that rate is tracking at the lowest level since records were started in 1972. "While one fatality from an accident is one too many, we have to recognize the fact that at this point in the fiscal year, the Army is reporting the lowest total number of fatalities we've seen since 1972," said Brig. Gen. William T. Wolf, commanding general, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center. The symposium was conducted to allow 63 senior Army Leaders, safety directors and deputies from around the world the opportunity to verify safety professional currency and analyze the impact of accidental losses on the Army's readiness. They also used the gathering to re-evaluate the effectiveness of composite risk management in support of Soldiers, Families and Civilians. Success by Army safety professionals in reducing accidents Army-wide was obvious in the latest data, but there is still work to be done, Wolf pointed out. "While the overall rate of loss is down, accidents involving off-duty privately owned vehicles continue to be a challenge for us," Wolf added. Garrison leadership is one key to not only composite risk management, but it is also a key to issues such as POV accidents, said the Army's senior safety officer. "Many times, our young Leaders don't understand their responsibility while in garrison to ensure that young Soldiers follow safety procedures and don't get injured," Wolf said. Solutions to that challenge as well as for others found through tracking safety data reported to the USACR/Safety Center were briefing topics to the safety professionals at the symposium. "How can we make a difference?" Wolf asked. "We can approach our safety program in three ways. First, the Leader must be disciplined to execute the safety program to standard and tailor safety tools and messaging to fit his unit. Second is the peer approach of Soldiers taking care of Soldiers on-and off-duty." For the last initiative, Wolf talked about Army Families. "We need to foster a risk-mitigation culture in Army Families and the community to support our Soldiers," he added. Wolf discussed initiatives in ground safety activities such as Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle training, leadership awareness actions and other resources such as tools and programs to address driver training, range and safety operations and ground risk assessment. He also outlined additional initiatives available to safety professionals in Army aviation and driving. Information on the USACR/Safety Center's robust safety training program was detailed to show the reach and depth of education activities. "For the period 2009-2011 to date, the CP-12 program has seen a 158 percent increase in students going through the program, the Aviation Safety Officer Course has seen a 46 percent increase and the Ground Safety Officer Course has grown by 78 percent," Wolf said. "This is important because safety is a force multiplier which allows our Soldiers to maintain operational capability in harsh environments around the world and off-duty as well." For additional information on USACR/Safety Center resources and news, visit ---------- PHOTO CUTLINE: Photo information for image: 2011 SSS Fort Rucker BRIG GEN WOLF Subject: 2011 SSS Fort Rucker Photographer: Art Powell Cutline: ----- Brig. Gen. William T. Wolf, commanding general, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center, Fort Rucker, Ala., discusses safety topics with Army Safety Program officials at Fort Rucker, Ala., Feb. 8, 2011. Sixty three senior safety leaders from around the world gathered at Fort Rucker to discuss the ASP during the 2011 Army Senior Safety Professional Development Symposium. ----- For questions, contact Art Powell, USACR/Safety Center at 334-255-3703 or

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