Marine Corps Base Quantico --
“This is real, it is not a drill,” said Kurt Vimont, deputy
director of Base Safety, about the Voluntary Protection Program that the base
committed to in November.
“What’s next? Get involved,” he added. “Ask yourself, ‘What
can I do to look out for myself, my co-workers and my supervisor?’ If everyone
gets involved we will get a positive return on investment.”
The Marine Corps currently has two VPP star status bases,
with Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Georgia, being the most recent
“While we have a long way to go to get star status, we would
like to be the third or fourth, not the last,” Vimont said.
One of the requirements of being star status is to be a
mentor to those companies or government entities that are coming up in VPP.
In this direction, select members of the Steering Committee
and Base Commander Col. David W. Maxwell toured Raytheon in Norfolk on Dec. 2
to see what a star site looks like and to meet with their counterparts within
the company to ask them what challenges and successes they had.
The Steering Committee is then scheduled to have their first
meeting in January during which one of the key discussions will involve the VPP
Passports for employees and supervisors. The passports will include several
items that each person must complete in an effort to ensure everyone’s
involvement, said Vimont.
While initially there will only be two passports, one for
employees and one for supervisors, down the road there are plans to have four:
industrial employees, industrial supervisors, administrative employees and
Vimont emphasized that “Getting involved doesn’t mean being
on the Steering Committee.”
Base employees can get involved through shop committees,
workplace inspections, etc., he added.
“This is everyone’s program, not safety’s program,” Vimont