NEWS | May 8, 2012

Joint Base Charleston hosts Street Smart 2012

By Glenda Middleton 628th Air Base Wing Safety Office safety technician

The Joint Base Charleston Safety Office will host the Stay Alive From Education "Street Smart" program May 21 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the JB Charleston - Air Base Theater and from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the JB Charleston - Weapons Station Theater.

Street Smart is not a lecture. It is an audience interactive workshop designed for young adults offering attendees a real-life view of their options. S.A.F.E. members take the audience into the real-life drama experienced by firefighters and paramedics as they work to save the lives of individuals who have made poor choices when it comes to drinking and driving, using drugs or not wearing seat belts. The goal of the S.A.F.E. program is to offer young adults information allowing them to make rational decisions concerning their safety and well being, thus reducing injuries and fatalities, giving them the opportunity to become responsible and healthy adults.

The leading cause of death and injury among young adults in the United States is from trauma caused by accidents. Driving behaviors of young adults cause the majority of these accidents. Consequently, young adults are causing many of their own trauma related deaths and injuries.

Joint Base Charleston is one of 75 military installations the Street Smart program will visit across the United States and overseas. This presentation is part of the 2012 Anheuser- Busch sponsored military initiative.

S.A.F.E., a non-profit organization created by firefighter paramedics in Florida, is dedicated to the nation-wide reduction and elimination of trauma related death and injury of young adults due to high-risk behaviors.