Who is Affinity Safety Training and flaggerinstructor1?
I've been involved in road construction, and safety, since the early 1980's. I started as a Flagger and eventually worked my way to becoming a Certified Traffic Control Supervisor (TCS) in 1993. I am an actual "boots on the ground" working TCS and Certified as an Evergreen Safety Council authorized Flagger Trainer (Instructor) in 1999. Over the years, I've been a First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor for the American Red Cross and currently for the American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) and Medic First Aid. And, in case you weren't aware, Washington State has the "Good Samaritan Law" that legally protects those who assist others from legal action, unless you exceed your level of certification!
I'm a former Rescue Diver, under the direction of a County Department of Emergency Management/Sheriff's Department. And as such, I've been intimately involved in recovering victims from "accidental drownings". From that, I've gained a first hand appreciation for how fragile life is, and an acute understanding of the "finality" of death and realize how quickly things can turn into disaster and grief. Every day I see people take so much for granted, neglecting to take the time to discuss safety.
I'm also an avid recreational scuba diver, Certified DiveMaster and Technical Diver.
Though born, raised, working and living in Washington State I'm also a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Certified Advanced MOT (Maintenance of Traffic) Supervisor, certified to teach 4 levels of MOT that are required for temporary traffic control operations within Florida. Those levels are Basic Flagger, Restricted MOT, Intermediate MOT and Advanced MOT.
A Flagger's personal safety is 1st, 2nd AND 3rd on my priority list!
As long as I've been in the construction industry, I've seen my share of accidents and I've made it my personal "mission" to help my students become safe and responsible Flaggers. A Flagger is not only charged with the responsibility of protecting the workers, but protecting and guiding pedestrians, vehicles & bicyclists as well. It can sometimes be a challenging task, especially when you throw in emergency vehicles, curious children and Washington State's never ending "liquid sunshine".
The last few years, we've seen a substantial increase in the number of motorists using handheld devices such as cell phones, texting devices and now I-Pads and Kindles. This has created an increased danger for Flaggers. A suprising number of motorists are distracted and certainly not focused on their driving task. In 2009 alone, nationwide 140 firefighters were struck in 25mph residential areas just trying to fight structure fires! Motorists were "distracted" and some were more concerned with trying to get cell phone video to post on websites!
What you will learn in my class are the basic building blocks for becoming a safe, seasoned, professional and valuable asset to an employer. I take safety very seriously and I hope to instill that in all my students as well. I want my students to put themselves behind the wheel of that vehicle coming at them. "What would you see as that driver?" I want my students to learn to be "pro-active", not "re-active".
I ask all my students to READ, LEARN, OBSERVE and PRACTICE!
I am certified by The Evergreen Safety Council (http://www.esc.org/). I encourage any prospective students to contact Evergreen Safety Council and verify the Trainer's certification credentials. My Certified Flagger Trainer number is #01931. My ASHI Certified First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor number is #0711. My Authorized ASHI Training Center ID is #300150.
My business, Affinity Safety Training, is also an Authorized Training Provider for Flagger Certification thru the Washington State Employment Security Department's "WorkSource" program. We are also listed as a Training/Certification Provider on the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)'s website at: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Employment/Flaggers/classes.htm .
Individuals who are seeking employment in the temporary traffic control flagger field, and listed with the Washington State Employment Security WorkSource Offices, can seek financial assistance to help pay tuition for Flagger Certification. Go to http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov/ to find out more. Veterans are strongly urged to take advantage of this opportunity as well by contacting the VA representative in their area.
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Owner/Instructor - Affinity Safety Training