Midwest Region Enters Safety Week
March 31, 2014
Safety is a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service top priority. This week, the Midwest region will recognize Safety Week to stress the importance safety both on or 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, stations are 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 is 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.”
Regional Safety Officer Rob McGinn lights the fire during Safety Week's fire extinguisher training, March 31,
at the Regional Office in Bloomington, MN. Photo by Katie Steiger-Meister/USFWS.
An overhead view of some of the participants in Safety Week's Fire Extinguisher training. Instructor Dave Wedan prepares
Regional Director Tom Melius for using the extinguisher to put out the fire. Photo by Katie Steiger-Meister/USFWS.
Tim Patronski, External Affairs, takes aim and extinguishes the fire during Safety Week
training at the Regional Office. Photo by Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS.
Regional Director Tom Melius readies a fire extinguisher as Fire Safety Instructor
Dave Wedan looks on. Photo by Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS.
Regional Director Tom Melius extinguishes the fire. Photo by Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS.
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