Hampton Roads meeting to include First Observer training

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 6/11/2009

Saturday’s meeting of the Owner Operators Coalition of Virginia will include member benefits and training for a new trucking security program.

The OOCVA, which has many members who work at the ports at Hampton Roads, VA, will hold its regular monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the United Iron Workers Hall, 5307 Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk, VA.

OOCVA Members will hear about a new fuel discount program in which members will pay only rack plus five cents. In addition, each new participant in the fuel program will receive $100 in free diesel.

After the meeting, OOCVA Members will be given the opportunity to be trained in the First Observer trucking security program. The training session will be administered by Jeff Beatty of Total Security Services International Inc. and is open to members of the public.

For more information, visit oocva.org and click on the Security Programs tab.

OOIDA is a subcontractor for First Observer – the Transportation Security Administration’s trucking security program. First Observer aims to develop training modules for highway professionals, train them for anti-terrorism and security preparedness, and receive information from those drivers.

The First Observer program is run by HMS Co. under a contract funded by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. First Observer has a staffed call center in the DC area, which is trained to gather pertinent information from trucking professionals.

OOIDA will provide training and outreach to its nearly 160,000 membership of small-business and professional truckers. Other subcontractors under HMS Co. include the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Total Security Services International Inc., and Patton Boggs LLP.

The best way to register as a First Observer is to go to www.firstobserver.com. If you don’t have computer access, call the 24/7 number at 888-217-5902, and an operator will help you register.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer


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