Marine Capt. Kyle Thomas adjusts his "beer" goggles before attempting to take a simulated field sobriety test Thursday aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany. The goggles simulate the disorientation experienced during alcohol intoxication.
ALBANY, Ga. — Despite record cool temperatures for this time of year, Marines at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany and Marine Logistics Command are working to educate base personnel about the possible dangers associated with summer time activities.
Thursday, the base and MCL command officials held a "Summer Safety Stand Down," a scheduled pause in action on the facility to promote safety and awareness of some of the more dangerous activities associated with summer fun, Christopher Shaw, an occupational health safety specialist with MCL Command, said.
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"The goal of the event, basically, is to focus safety on the homefront, specifically relating to summer activities," Shaw said. "We've got various vendors; we've got 27 presentations out here."
The point, according to Shaw, is make base employees aware that with the arrival of spring and summer should bring with it, an increased awareness.
Among the vendors present at MCLB-Albany Thursday was Al Balenger, MCLB Albany's Conservation Law Enforcement Officer, who is essentially the base's game warden.
"Typically this time of the year a lot of the snakes come out, the foxes and raccoons and stuff are starting to have babies this time of year and, here at the installation — we're such a small installation and small ecosystem; it's only 3,500 acres big — it's common to see a fox within a 100 yards of you and they're just trying to get from point A to point B."
Health officials were on hand to remind about the dangers of heat exhaustion and heat stroke; Modern Gas brought out some of their grills to show the proper way to light and cook with gas grills; Harley Davidson even brought out a mobile dynamometer which allowed employees to hop on a new-model Harley and throttle up to 60 mph as they learned about motorcycle safety.
That display is tragically appropriate following Thursday's death of William Frantz, who was involved in a motorcycle crash Wednesday. Frantz was struck by a car while on his motorcycle near the intersection of Sylvester Road and Cordele Road.