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NEWS | June 7, 2016

Military Police stand-down for summer safety

By Sgt. Ida Irby 200th Military Police Command

Citizen warriors in the 200th Military Police Command gathered for their annual Safety Stand-Down Day at Fort Meade, Maryland, June 4, 2016.

Summertime can lead to “a lot of injuries related to distracted driving, alcohol abuse and heat,” said Sgt. Dmitriy Yurganov a senior human collection sergeant. “It is great that the 200th is conducting the stand-down to prevent further injuries or fatalities during the summer months.”

A typical safety stand-down is customarily a few PowerPoint slides, but to gain more participation and feedback, instructors conducted their classes in a round-robin forum outside. Topics included motorcycle, vehicle, weapon, fire, medical, home and water safety.

1st Lt. Asriel Janifer, the medical safety instructor, was part of the team of instructors. He discussed multiple ways to mitigate a child’s exposure to dangerous items through child proofing the home, and prevention of seasonal medical concerns such as mosquito-borne diseases.

Soldiers were also reminded to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen to prevent damage from the sun.

Fun in the sun can usually involve activities in or near water.

Water safety, including a demonstration of how to properly wear a life vest, was taught by 2nd Lt. Kaili Owens, military intelligence officer. Owens held an open forum and allowed Soldiers to discuss their experiences on the water. Additionally, she shared a personal story about her dog, Oakley, who has a life vest of his own – even though he doesn’t enjoy the water.

The event also included motorcycle safety brief for experienced motorcyclist, novice riders, and those with aspirations of riding on two wheels. Soldiers were reminded of the importance of wearing personal protective equipment while operating motorcycles.

“The first thing you should do is be properly trained,” said Sgt. Mesa Niravanh, an intelligence sergeant who conducted the motorcycle safety brief.

Niravanh also informed Soldiers of free motorcycle training classes, which cover safety guidelines, offered to the military and their families.

“We say everyone knows about safety, but there are things that are implied which are not always clear,” said Yurganov. “These classes will ensure everyone has general understanding to spread it around to their families and friends.”