Health & Safety

September 13, 2013

Third quarter statistics bring attention to need for personal weapons safety

Gabrielle Kuholski
Staff Writer

Statistics are in for the 2013 fiscal year through third quarter regarding personal injury-other losses, or PIO losses.

There is a 24-percent increase in PIO-losses compared to last year. According to Brig. Gen. Timothy Edens, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center commanding general, Fort Rucker, Ala., privately owned weapons accidents have accounted for nearly 27 percent of PIO losses.

“Safe operations of all weapons are basic Soldier skills,” Edens wrote in an Army-wide letter. “The same discipline and standards used when handling military weapons on duty must be transferred to off duty.”

As to how these statistics affect Fort Huachuca, Robert “Nick” Gilmore, Risk Reduction Program coordinator, Army Substance Abuse Program, said the installation has been fortunate.

“We didn’t have a Soldier that’s assigned to Fort Huachuca die in a 12-month period, and that hasn’t happened here in six years,” Gilmore said, adding that Soldiers who own personal weapons must take the same safety precautions as they would with service weapons.

So far, four accidental gun discharges have been reported through the Directorate of Emergency Services this year. Gilmore explained the Risk Reduction Program, or RRP, is working on bringing awareness of privately-owned weapon safety.

“We have noticed a good deal of behavior that suggests there might be a gap in personally owned weapons safety training, and our goal is to address this gap,” Gilmore said.

The RRP is working with installation leaders for support and plans to cover safe weapons handling at an upcoming holiday safety brief at the end of November.

Gilmore said RRP personnel are also looking into working with the Sportsman’s Club and Range Safety personnel to hold personal weapon safety classes.

“My personal goal for the Risk Reduction Program is to avoid all preventable deaths which typically result from some kind of high-risk behavior,” Gilmore said.

The RRP is a commander’s program that focuses on effective use of installation resources and coordinates effort between agencies using the Installation Prevention Team to implement effective interventions. For more information on the program, call 538.6000.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Cyber-Security-Scout-Article-06OCT2014

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

U.S. Army graphic by Lawrence Boyd “You Are the First Line of Defense.” That is the message those who are responsible for the defense of the Army’s networks wants to get out to the rest of the Army during National Cyber S...
 
 

Depression awareness showcased during month of October

Stand To! In observance of October as National Depression Awareness Month, the U.S. Army will join several organizations across America to inform the public about the signs and symptoms of depression. The public will learn the importance of seeking treatment and will be provided information about the availability of free online anonymous behavioral health screenings....
 
 

Robin Williams — could someone have helped?

I haven’t been able to talk about it until now, but I was really angry that Robin Williams committed suicide. I have been a fan of Williams since the Mork and Mindy days and always admired how much he had going for him. I knew he had problems, but somehow never considered that suicide could...
 

 
DoD

DOD recognizes commitment to prevent sexual assault

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department Wednesday honored exceptional groups and individuals from each military component who contributed an innovative idea or approach to positively impact sexual assault prevention and response programs. The Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award recognizes Service members and DOD Civilians whose work in support of service members has been particularly notew...
 
 

Trick-or-treat hours set for Fort Huachuca Oct. 31

Fort Huachuca Halloween trick-or-treating will take place Oct. 31 from 6 – 8 p.m. for children under 14. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Standard access requirements for the installation remain in effect. This includes the requirement that everyone 16 and over entering the installation provide a valid picture identification and...
 
 

VA processes more than 1.3 million veterans’ claims in FY14

WASHINGTON — More than 1.3 million veterans received decisions on their Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation and pension claims in fiscal year 2014 — the highest number in VA’s history, surpassing last year’s record-breaking production by more than 150,000 claims. This second year of record-breaking production comes as VA continues to transform the...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin