MVT Safety Training
The MVT takes very seriously the safety of its members, whether they be on a road run or running a military vehicle show.
So we were very pleased with the large turn out of MVT members for our second Safety Training Day held on Saturday 24th of March 2018, at the tank driving center Armourgeddon, at Husbands Bosworth in Leicestershire, and the third Training day held on the 24th March 2019 at Phoenix house Catterick garrison North Yorkshire.
MVT members, Area Secretary’s and members of the Council of Management arrived from all over the country for this eventorganised and run by the MVT’s safety officer Tim Hawkes, and supported by MVT members from the South East Midlands Area of the MVT, Armourgeddon and Graham Sykes Insurance.
Whether you are using your vehicle to collect for the Poppy Appeal, attending a road run or village fair, right up to organising a large show you will be subject to health and safety laws and risk assessments from organisations like the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Local councils and Health and Safety officials. This is something most people will not have experienced before and can be quite daunting and off putting, this is why we run our own safety training days for our members.
On the course we cover subjects including event safety and the new MVT code of conduct, basic fire fighting, vehicle marshaling, how to use two way radios properly and effectively for communicating to event officials. We also included a session on the new General Data Protection Regulation 2018 ( GDPR ).
The official 2018 MVT marshaling high visibility vests were awarded by the MVT Chairman Simon Johnson and South East Midlands area secretary Neill Elliott to all MVT members who completed the training course.
At the end of the day there was a demonstration to show what could go wrong, if things are not done properly, while moving tracked vehicles around members of the public. An Armougeddon FV 432 armoured personnel carrier, driven by South East Midlands member Heather Bailey, was driven over a dummy which then became tangled in its tracks. A very sobering thing to watch and a timely lesson on why safety at events is so important to the MVT.
The MVT Safety Training days are open to all current members of the MVT so if you would like to attend the next one please watch out for the notification of the date, if you are not a member then why not join us, after all we are the Largest Military Vehicle Club in the World.
The MVT would like to thank all the instructors for their hard work training the participants on the course, Armourgeddon for allowing us to use their facilities and vehicles, and Graham Sykes insurance for sponsoring the event.
The MVT would like to thank Peter Clarke from the South East Midlands area and Website Manager Dave Sutton from West Lancs area for writing this article. Pictures where taken by Tim Cross from South East Midlands area. Original article first published in Windscreen by its editor Ian Young.