Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany --
Marines and civilian-Marines of Marine Corps Logistics Command attended the 2nd annual LOGCOM safety stand-down at Boyett Park May 7.
The event, designed to increase awareness of off-duty and recreational safety issues, taught attendees to remember safety first during the self-paced, four hour demonstration-oriented stand down.
The command goal was to provide awareness training and information with 22 static display exhibits focused on thought provoking safety tips in all aspects of everyday life. Among those exhibited were vehicle and motorcycle safety demonstrations, boat and watercraft safety, heat injury protection and prevention, fire extinguisher demonstrations, outdoor home project safety, swimming safety and drug and gang prevention and awareness.
As safety being the primary focus of the event, the event also featured numerous exhibits of local safety advice and services. A host of local businesses participated in the event including local police and medical providers.
Most exhibitors taught straight forward advice to those walking past their displays.
One exhibitor, Don Dally, a Chehaw Education Center volunteer for the Parks at Chehaw, brought a different type of awareness as he displayed various local animals such as two types of owls and non-poisonous snakes for participants to view up close or touch while learning at the same time.
Holding a brightly colored rat snake between his outstretched hands, Dally mingled outside the display tent with fascinated viewers inviting them to touch the snake’s skin.
“Most people think they are wet and slimy, but as you can see they aren’t. If you have a snake like this around, you have a friend,” he added about the snake’s reputation for eating various types of vermin that carry numerous human transferrable diseases.
This year two new additions were made to the line-up of educational displays and demonstrations from last year. The Marine Corps Police Department provided a handgun safety display, and the Dougherty County Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T) provided awareness about the dangers of aggressive driving and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
“We do plan on having a 3rd annual Safety Stand-down and hope to add more exhibits. Some of the exhibitors from this year have expressed some great ideas to make next year even more exciting. We will plan on more food vendors for next year." Kay Mull, safety specialist, Installation, Environment and Safety Division, LOGCOM.