Truckers near the Las Vegas area have a reason to stop in at the Great West Truck Show this weekend – Thursday through Saturday, June 25-27 – other than shiny trucks and giveaways. OOIDA and the First Observer trucking security program will have booths and experts available to answer questions from drivers and their families.
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.
Doug Morris, OOIDA’s director of security operations, and Joe Rajkovacz, OOIDA regulatory affairs specialist, will be attending.
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.
If you have access to a computer, the best way to register as a First Observer is online at www.firstobserver.com. If you don’t have access, call the 24/7 number at 888-217-5902, and an operator will help you register.
– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer