MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. --
The Combat Center Safety Division received awards regarding their safety training course for young drivers, Sept. 13, 2014.
Three awards were given to the safety division from the National Safety Council. Two of the awards went to the division and the third went to one of their instructors.
“The National Safety Council is a non-profit organization, dedicated to the safety of workers and people in general,” said Dave Horn, director of the Combat Center Safety Division. “They play a part in all areas of safety.”
The Safety Division won the 2014 Excellence in Highway Safety and the 2013 defensive driving course Best Performance Award for Alive at 25. The third award went to Angel Rios, who won the Instructor of the Year Award for the Alive at 25 Defensive Driving Course.
“Since 2008, we have steadily improved on everything we do here,” Horn said.
The safety division’s goal is to make the roads safer for Marines.
“Just here at Twentynine Palms, we have taught in excess of 26,000 Marines since 2008,” Horn said.
That is not the only thing the department did to improve drivers safety.
“One of our instructors, Mr. Rios, turned out to be an outstanding instructor,” Horn said. “He is the only Marine Corps trained instructor for the Alive at 25 course.”
Rios has been teaching the Alive at 25 course for seven years and has received this award four times.
“[The course] is taught to active duty and reserve Marines between the ages of 18 and 25, when they reach the fleet, on the hazards of driving,” Rios said.
The course goes through the seven main hazards of driving: speeding, fatigue, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, seat-belts, driving with too many people in the vehicle, driving distractions, which include eating, drinking a beverage, cell-phones, texting and other distractions.
“The end result we are looking for is that our numbers go down, for example our driving under the influence numbers, we want those down,” Rios said.
The Safety Division continues teach the drivers course every Wednesday for Marines to try to keep them safer while driving. For more information call the Safety office at (760) 830-6154.