FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 12, 2010
Tina Shaw, 612-713-5331
Anne Sittauer Honored by Department of Interior with 2010 Safety Award of Excellence
Anne Sittauer, Refuge Manager for Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, received the Department of Interior’s (DOI) most prestigious safety and health award Nov. 10, 2010, for her leadership and outstanding contributions to the DOI watercraft safety program. The 2010 Safety Award of Excellence was presented to Sittauer by Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes during the 67th Honor Awards Convocation held in Washington, D.C.
From 2002-2010, Sittauer served as the Chairperson of the DOI Watercraft Working Group, whose members include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), U.S. Geological Survey, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. Watercraft operated by these bureaus collectively represents the second largest fleet of watercraft in the federal government.
Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius, praised Sittauer for her efforts, noting that, “The Midwest Region is fortunate to have such leadership and dedication representing the Service at the national level and I would like to personally thank Anne for helping to keep our employees safe while on the water.”
Upon assuming the role as Chair in 2002, Sittauer identified the need to improve participation, communication and coordination across the Bureaus, as well as within the DOI’s Safety and Occupational Health Council. Mary Parkinson, Safety Manager for the USFWS, credits Sittauer with revitalizing the Working Group, saying that she “changed the group into a forum for peer group discussions about watercraft safety and really advanced how we address watercraft safety across the Department.”
Work Group accomplishments during Sittauer’s almost decade-long tenure include the successful completion of the Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC) by more than 10,000 students. Also during this time, the Work Group developed and launched several specialized trainings, including Airboat, Moving Water and Non-motorized Watercraft modules. Sittauer also shepherded the evaluation of special equipment issues, such as the functionality of cold weather gear, use of inflatable personal flotation devices and the dependability of signal flares. Sittauer oversaw the standardization of MOCC training materials and methods, resulting in greater consistency across DOI Bureaus.
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