More than 100 learn at OHV Safety Party
On Saturday October 31, the BLM Ridgecrest Field Office and the Friends of Jawbone hosted the first annual Safety Awareness Kick Off and Halloween Party at Jawbone Station. The theme of the event was to “Gear Up for Safety: Accidents Don't Need an Appointment!"
Just over 100 guests at Jawbone Station came to learn from the many agency representatives and take part in the day’s activities.
At high noon, BLM Law Enforcement Ranger Reid Hopkins and his K-9, Barron, conducted a live demonstration of a vehicle drug search. An OHV Safety Scramble game followed: all the guests could participate and visiting safety booths to earn their letters and spell the magic word for the prize and trophy.
Dr. Tim Dawson of Approach Engineering conducted his demonstration of a remote super-scale jet helicopter. That was followed by a full-sized helicopter event, as Kern County’s Helicopter 408 demonstrated a live hoist rescue.
As the event progressed, BLM personnel handed out welcoming brochures highlighting the importance of OHV safety and reminding riders to be aware of the potential hazards and killers on public lands, along with the latest Stay Out and Stay Alive Mine Safety DVDs ("Dilemma of the Desert"). BLM Park Ranger Eduardo Duque talked about the importance of OHV safety and said that, “our desire is to eliminate injuries and unfortunate deaths that may occur throughout the years ahead, this is why it is so important to be safe and aware.” He also reminded people when riding the trails “If you can’t see around, slow down.” All of the participating agencies handed out their safety brochures to the guests.
Participating agencies included California State Parks, Kern Counties Fire Engine 75, Sheriff’s Department OHV Team, Helicopter 408, and Desert Search and Rescue Team, California Highway Patrol, Mercy Air 14, Maturango Museum, Approach Engineering, Student Conservation Association, Friends of Jawbone, and BLM Wild Horse and Burro mascots, Mudslide and Stampede.
The Jawbone Station’s Safety Awareness Kick Off and Halloween Party was a great success and it couldn’t have been held on a nicer day. Without team work none of this could have happened successfully. We are hoping that next year’s event will reach even more people.
- Eduardo Duque, park ranger, BLM-California Ridgecrest Field Office, 11/12/09
BLM-California News.bytes, issue 409