MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE --
A room within the Marston Pavilion aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune was outlined in tables holding the latest wares in safety, Jan. 5 and 6.
From yellow hazardous material protective clothing to security cameras, Marine Corps Installations-East’s Safety Expo provided representatives from throughout the base and members of the military community with the opportunity to learn about the latest safety equipment available.
“It’s good getting the manufacturers together so that we can view new products,” said Glenn Zurek, the assistant chief of training with Fire and Emergency Services aboard MCB Camp Lejeune. “It’s one of the ways that we can see what’s available, whether it’s for safety professionals like first responders or to the general public. It gives us a good idea of what’s out there and it helps us plan for risks we may run into aboard the base. It’s very helpful.”
Patrons at the event were able to view demonstrations and ask questions of the representatives present.
“Everybody here has given me some form of information I can use in the future,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Shaunta Brown, the safety officer with Medical Logistics Company, 2nd Marine Logistics Group.
The event was held to get people back into the mindset of safety after the holidays.
“We wanted to raise awareness of safety and expose people to better ways of doing things,” said Ron Farris, the aviation safety manager with MCIEAST. “In early January, when folks are done opening gifts and right after the New Year, we provide training to get everybody’s mind back to workplace safety.”
Jordan Pickett, the ground safety manager with MCIEAST, said as patrons walk through the exhibits and talk to the representatives from the various corporations, they could generate new ideas and learn from the representative‘s expertise.
“You’re meeting people you may purchase items from, but you’re also meeting people who have the newest equipment with the newest standards that have come up within the industry,” said Zurek. “You get a one-on-one experience where you get to know the people and the product.”
While this is the first event of its kind aboard the base, some hope to see more events like it in the future.
“There are a lot of people in a centralized location,” said Brown. “It’s especially good for people who may be new to a safety position. I think they should do this more often, annually or semi-annually, because you can learn a lot. I know I have.”