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Regional Director Tom Melius extinguishes the fire/USFWS.

Regional Director Tom Melius extinguishes the fire/USFWS.

Midwest Region Enters Safety Week 

Safety is a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service top priority. The first week of April, the Midwest region celebrated Safety Week with activities designed to stress the importance of safety, both on and off duty.

Midwest Region employees perform many potentially dangerous or hazardous jobs, from rocket netting to dam removal, electrofishing, operating ATV’s and watercraft, and heavy equipment use, just to name a few. During Safety Week, field station staff were asked to review safety procedures and conduct training to remind employees and volunteers of the hazards that they could be exposed to while accomplishing the Service mission.

“Field season is drawing nearer and nearer, and Safety Week provides a great time to refresh ourselves on the good, often common sense, things we need to do both on the job and off, to keep ourselves and others safe,” Regional Director Tom Melius said. “We are committed to providing a safe work environment for the benefit of our employees, volunteers and members of the public who enjoy visiting our facilities. Let’s continue onward toward success, and keep safety in the forefront. Not just Safety Week, but every week.”

By Larry Dean

An overhead view of some of the participants in Safety Week's Fire Extinguisher training. Instructor Dave Wedan preparesRegional Director Tom Melius for using the extinguisher to put out the fire/USFWS.

An overhead view of some of the participants in Safety Week's Fire Extinguisher training. Instructor Dave Wedan preparesRegional Director Tom Melius for using the extinguisher to put out the fire/USFWS.

Tim Patronski, External Affairs, takes aim and extinguishes the fire during Safety Week training at the Regional Office/USFWS.

Tim Patronski, External Affairs, takes aim and extinguishes the fire during Safety Week training at the Regional Office/USFWS.

Regional Director Tom Melius readies a fire extinguisher as Fire Safety InstructorDave Wedan looks on/USFWS.

Regional Director Tom Melius readies a fire extinguisher as Fire Safety InstructorDave Wedan looks on/USFWS.

 

Last updated: April 10, 2014