Crane Army Recognized for Safety Initiative

By Capt. Amy CraneFebruary 28, 2019

Crane Army Recognized for Safety Initiative
A Crane Army Ammunition Activity employee practices using a tourniquet during a Stop the Bleed class. Stop the Bleed is a nationwide initiative that raises awareness of severe bleeding injuries and encourages people to take action to protect themselv... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

CRANE, Ind. - Crane Army Ammunition Activity recently received recognition from Joint Munitions Command for its outstanding safety performance during the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.

Crane Army is the first command within the U.S. Army Materiel Command to implement "Stop the Bleed," a program that helps build workforce resiliency no matter the threat or hazard.

The Certificate of Achievement recognized the successful launch of Stop the Bleed, a nationwide initiative started in response to mass casualty events, raising awareness of the propensity of severe bleeding injuries and encourages people to take action to protect themselves and their communities.

The award commended the methods and steps taken to deploy the Stop the Bleed program across all the organization, empowering employees to assist victims of severe bleeding in any situation and save lives.

CAAA Safety Specialist Greg Tyree assisted in bringing the Stop the Bleed program to Crane Army and provided training as a certified Stop the Bleed instructor.

"I'm grateful command supported the decision to bring Stop the Bleed to Crane Army," Tyree said. "We wanted to go above and beyond to ensure the safety of our workforce, especially given our remote work places and inherently dangerous jobs."

CAAA Emergency Management Coordinator Jessica Kirkendall informed leadership of the Stop the Bleed program and pursued education, training and installation of kits throughout the organization. She emphasized the importance of having training and kits at Crane Army.

"Severe bleeding is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States," Kirkendall said. "Over 80 percent of victims taken to emergency rooms with severe bleeding injuries are brought by a family member, a friend or other layperson, not emergency medical personnel. This training is definitely something people can use in everyday life, not just at work."

All CAAA employees completed initial training to recognize severe bleeding and learned how to use Stop the Bleed-sanctioned emergency supply kits to provide immediate assistance to victims before emergency responders arrive. Stop the Bleed kits were distributed to all occupied facilities as well as government vehicles.

Commander of Crane Army, Col. Michael Garlington supported the program from the beginning. "The work we do here at Crane Army is inherently dangerous," Garlington said. "Safety is my number one priority. No job is worth life or limb, and anything I can do to help prevent an accident or train my employees on how to respond to one, is another way of ensuring a safe workplace."

Crane Army Ammunition Activity produces and provides conventional munitions requirements in support of U.S. Army and Joint Force readiness. It is one of 14 installations of the Joint Munitions Command and one of 23 organic industrial base installations under the U.S. Army Materiel Command, which include arsenals, depots, activities and ammunition plants.