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Author | Joseph Gross


I just took a vacation, hiking and camping around two of our wonderful National Parks – Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. No, it is not my intention to make you jealous and describe what a wonderful time I had. I’d rather spend the next few minutes talking about the importance of safety that might help people keep living life to the fullest.


During the course of my vacation, several incidents happened in which public and personal safety were involved. In my own little world of Yellowstone, a thermal pool burned a 13-year-old boy who was being carried by his father. Three days later, a 23-year-old man walked out 224 yards off the boardwalk, ignoring caution signs and common sense, and fell into a hot spring to his death. Then a group of six people traveled off the boardwalk at the Grand Prismatic Spring less than a month after a Canadian film crew made headlines doing the same thing.


Some 2000+ miles away on the East Coast, a two-year-old child was dragged away and eaten by an alligator, and an armed man incited a massacre in a nightclub – both incidents in Orlando. While this is not the venue or time to get into the politics of the latter incident, my intent is to display the breadth and depth of the many levels of personal safety. For us at CDR Maguire, our thoughts go out to the victims, their families, and friends.


Safety should not be something taken for granted, and it should be a skill that is naturally learned, knowledge reinforced, and engrained into everyday life, such as activities like driving or eating. During a natural or man-made disaster, an event that has forewarning or is unpredictable, safety and preparedness should always be a top priority, not only for you individually but for those around you, as well.


At CDR Maguire, we take safety seriously. All of our Emergency Management employees are OSHA 30 certified. On manage projects, we hold daily safety meetings, some just quick refresher courses on proper safety before we kick off the day.


Safety does not need to be time consuming, but it does need to be constantly addressed at home and in the work place. As a full-service engineering firm with an emergency management division, safety, including plans and exercises, are some of our most common services. Whether it be designing and running an active shooter exercise or preparing an emergency preparedness plan, we have the team and expertise to help our clients achieve peace of mind.


If your business, community, or local government is interested in a consultation on creating a safer and more prepared workplace, request your free EM Assessment today from CDR Maguire or contact me directly at and we will reach out to you as soon as we can. Also, feel free to download our Key to Recovery to get the basics on minimizing impact and maximizing recovery for emergency-related incidents.


Safety is not an intellectual exercise to keep us in work. It is a matter of life and death. It is the sum of our contributions to safety management that determines whether the people we work with live or die.”

-Sir Brian Appleton