NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) kicked off its summer safety program by presenting a series of custom-made videos, produced by TR's Media department, to the crew at the command's annual safety stand down at the Hampton Convention Center, May 26.
This is TR's first safety stand down since the ship left dry dock and returned to the water May 21.
Every year TR has a safety stand down in June to co-inside with National Safety Month, highlighting safety concerns that can occur during the summer. The primary objective of the all-day event is to address safety issues before they become serious problems.
The major difference in this year's safety stand down was the implementation of several media products used to convey the intended message instead of a program consisting solely of powerpoint presentations. TR is taking an educational video approach to reach as many Sailors as possible while keeping their interest long enough to deliver the necessary information.
"It's a challenge to keep 2,000 people entertained for eight hours, but programs like these are vital to the command because we can get as much info to the crew as possible in a relatively short period of time," said Cmdr. Richard Norvell, TR's safety officer.
Sailors from TR's Media department produced a host videos to educate and entertain the crew during the safety stand down, which are now available on You Tube. The videos covered electrical safety and shipyard safety. These videos showed the possible dangers that can occur when the correct procedures are not followed. All of the videos featured TR Sailors in them as actors which helped to enhance the program and keep the attention of the audience.
The highlight of the stand down was the 8-minute video "Wizard of RCOH" (Refueling Complex Overhaul), a spin-off of the classic movie "Wizard of Oz." The video follows Dorothy through a dream after she is knocked unconscious and awakes to find herself in the shipyard environment. She quickly sets out through the ship to find the Wizard of RCOH, played by TR's Chief Engineer Cmdr. Gunter Braun, who holds the secret to her safe return home. Along the way, she encounters many of author L. Frank Baum's familiar characters who teach her about slips, trips and falls; personal protective equipment, and safety boundaries.
The safety stand down also allowed the command to complete its mandatory annual safety training in one big setting. In addition to videos, guest speakers discussed various topics including heat stress, hurricane preparation, sports injuries, electrical safety, sexual assault and suicide.
During his remarks, Capt. William Hart, TR's commanding officer, expressed his concern for the well-being of every TR Sailor and emphasized how important it is to him not to lose any Sailors.
"It is critical that we pay attention to detail and look out for each other," said Hart. "Every Sailor is vital to the TR team and plays a role in the ship's readiness."
Lt. Elena Mathis, TR's industrial hygiene officer, said the operations tempo is picking up now that the ship has moved from dry dock to its pier side location.
"It is the goal of TR leadership to gauge the mindset of TR Sailors now that the ship is back in the water and closer to being operational again," said Mathis. "We want to make sure our Sailors are thinking carefully about the decisions they make and the potential outcomes of those decisions."
Norvell said a lot of people stepped up and wanted to participate in this year's event.
"This year's safety stand down took almost two months to plan, and every department was involved in the orchestration of the program in some shape or form," said Norvell. "If this training helps to save one life or make one person think before they take action, it was a success."
In addition to the videos, TR Media Department produced a series of suicide prevention posters at the request of the ship's Command Religious Ministries Department. The posters are designed to raise awareness that suicides can happen all year round and are not exclusive to a particular season. To view TR's posters, visit TR's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/USS-Theodore-Roosevelt/99861510779.
To view TR's videos, visit the following links:
Electrical Safety (Proper Equipment): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATpcQv1fH34.
Wizard of RCOH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0C2y1rrhPg.
Electrical Safety (Electrical Shock): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yn-NTdUxti0.
For more news from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn71/.