Civil Air Patrol

January Commanders Corner

Safety.  We all preach it, we all talk about it, and I’m sure some of you are tired of hearing about it.  But… there’s a reason we do.  Assets (A/C, vehicles, etc) are expensive to replace/repair, but your lives are the most important thing to me!

Recently, there has been a rash of incidents in Great Lakes that could have been prevented with a little safety prevention.  ORM is good, and we should all take it seriously, but common sense must override ORM when the spreadsheet says “ORM – LOW”.  We are all mission focused but we must also prioritize our missions.  If you’re called upon to search for ‘John Q public’ who has gone missing, that’s pretty important, but is that Thursday squadron meeting so important that you are risking your life to drive on snowy roads in below zero weather?  There’s a balance – we can’t shut down the entire wing in winter, but we MUST ORM every decision we make, and I’m talking about that ‘personal’ ORM that we all have in the back of our heads.

A sad story from Dec – 2 CAP members from another region (not on a CAP mission) decided to fly a personal plane to pick up one members daughter from college for winter break.  On return, the A/C malfunctioned in cold weather and all perished.  It breaks my heart to think of the family that received the phone call one week before Christmas.  There have been several other CAP related driving and flying incidents this winter – fortunately with a better outcome, but certainly could have been prevented.

So, please take safety to heart – for the good of this organization, but mainly because I love all of you and want everyone to live a long healthy life (so we can have fun!).

Below are some links with information to help you stay safe!

Safe Winter Driving

PMV – Risk Management

Aircrew – Winter Safety Brief

 

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