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Idaho Air National Guard makes safety a top priority

An Airmen from the 124th Fighter Wing conducts a mock inspection during an occupational safety course at Gowen Field

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 124th Fighter Wing conduct a mock inspection during an occupational safety course at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, July 25, 2018. Before conducting the mock inspections, course attendees spent three days in class learning the requirements for their shops to be compliant with federal law and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor K. Walker)

GOWEN FIELD, Idaho -- Supervisors, safety representatives and other members of the Idaho Air National Guard attended the National Guard Bureau Safety Orientation Course here July 24-27.

The course focuses on various aspects of the mishap prevention program and the safety managers’ role in reducing accidents to ensure the Air Force remains a world leader in safety management.

“The course is important because it gives the people who are actually out doing the work a lot of focused time on things they should be looking for,” said Master Sgt. Kyle W. Freutel, the occupational safety manager for the 124th Fighter Wing here.
Course attendees spent three days in class learning the requirements for their shops to be compliant with federal law and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

On the final class day, students participated in a mock inspection of the vehicle maintenance and aerospace ground equipment shops here. Notebooks in hand, they reviewed electrical connections, eye wash stations, machine guards and more.
After the mock inspections, the class gave its findings to the safety supervisor who is responsible for developing a plan to correct issues discovered during the activity.

“Our number one goal is to prevent our Airmen from getting injured,” said Lt. Col. Ronald S. Hedges, the chief of safety for the 124th FW. “They are our eyes and ears to identify potential places we can mitigate risks and stop something before it goes downhill.”

An additional safety course for select Airmen who have weapon or explosive related duties is scheduled to take place Sept. 10-14 here.