The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association will play a new and critical role in national preparedness. OOIDA officials say the Missouri-based trucker group is primed to participate in a collaborative effort that will demonstrate the ability of seasoned transportation professionals to make a significant contribution to the safety of the nation’s infrastructure.
The HMS Co. of Alexandria, VA, announced last week that it has been selected by the Department of Homeland Security to administer support for the Trucking Security Program as part of an anti-terrorism and security awareness program for highway professionals. HMS will receive a $15.5 million federal grant to provide program management, planning and support services for the program. OOIDA will be working as a subcontractor with HMS.
Don L. Rondeau, OOIDA senior security advisor and deputy program manager for the HMS security program, said Thursday, May 29, that OOIDA “looks forward to supporting the highway community’s ability tomobilize in response to man-made and natural hazards.”
OOIDA will provide training and outreach to its 162,000-member base of small-business truckers and professional truck drivers. Other subcontractors under HMS include the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Total Security Services International Inc. and Patton Boggs LLP.
Under the administration of the HMS Co., OOIDA and the Teamsters are joining forces to build a team of committed transportation professionals from among their respective memberships and other transportation stakeholders. They plan to institute a training and communications network that coordinates with DHS in analyzing and responding to potential homeland security threats.
“OOIDA members will be encouraged to participate in the program’s diverse security training modules and to take advantage of the planned two-way, all-hazards focused communication,” said Rondeau.
Rick Craig, OOIDA Director of Regulatory Affairs, said the Association is “anxious to get started on the project."
“We look forward to working closely with an outstanding team of individuals and organizations dedicated to helping protect our nation’s transportation infrastructure,” said Craig.
– by Land Line staff