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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Announces Almost $1 Million to Train Veterans, Military Families for Jobs in Transportation Industry.

Grants enable colleges to increase enrollment in commercial motor vehicle training programs and provide job placement assistance for veterans and their spouses

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) last week announced almost $1 million in new grants to help train veterans and military families for jobs in the transportation industry. The grants were awarded to six colleges across the country as part of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training (CMVOST) grant program.

"The least we can do for the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country is to help ensure they can find good jobs when they leave the service," said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. "The transportation industry provides a unique opportunity for military families and veterans to utilize skills they developed in the service, and we hope these grants will lead to more veterans joining the ranks of our country's commercial vehicle drivers."
The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists commercial trucking as a high-demand job, with more than 300,000 additional positions expected by 2020.

"These grants represent one of the many steps the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has taken to help veterans as they move from military to civilian life," said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. "From allowing states to consider military experience in their licensing tests to supporting industry job fairs, we are committed to helping our veterans transition into quality jobs."
FMCSA awarded the following CMVOST grants, which could provide training for as many as 300 new students across the six colleges:
*Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, Wash., $131,041
*Long Beach Community College District, in Long Beach, Calif., $211,733
*Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in Orangeburg, S.C., $150,000
*Lone Star College in Woodlands, Texas, $184,260
*Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn., $120,000
*Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Ill., $176,427
In May 2011, the FMCSA finalized its commercial learner's permit rule, which gives state driver licensing agencies the authority to waive the skills test portion of the commercial driver's license test if the applicant demonstrates two years of safe driving experience in military equivalents of commercial motor vehicles. Visit for more information.
To learn more about FMCSA's commercial truck and bus safety grant programs and other safety initiatives, visit the FMCSA website at

To learn more about the U.S. Department of Transportation's dedication to our nation's veterans, visit

Getting to the Heart of Hands Only CPR

One quarter of Americans say they've been in a situation where someone needed CPR. If you were one of them, would you know what to do?
Hands-only CPR is a potentially lifesaving technique involving no mouth to mouth contact. It is best used in emergencies where someone has seen another person suddenly collapse. The hands-only technique increases the likelihood of surviving cardiac emergencies that occur outside medical settings.
 The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends conventional CPR (that is, CPR with a combination of breaths and compressions) for adult victims who are found already unconscious and not breathing normally. Conventional CPR is also recommended for victims of drowning or collapse due to breathing problems.
In a national survey, Americans who have not been trained in CPR within the last 5 years stated that they would be more likely to perform Hands-Only CPR than conventional CPR. In addition, Hands-Only CPR offers an easy-to-remember and effective option for those bystanders who have been previously trained in CPR, but are afraid to help because they are not confident that they can remember and perform the steps of conventional CPR.
AHA still recommends that people learn conventional CPR. There are many medical emergencies that cause a person to be unresponsive and to stop breathing normally. In some of these, CPR that includes mouth-to-mouth breathing may provide more benefit than Hands-Only CPR.

However if you are not feeling confident to perform conventional CPR.

Hands Only CPR requires two short steps:

1. Call 911 or have a bystander call 911

2. Begin providing high-quality chest compressions by pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest with minimal interruptions.

July 12th, 2013
CVSA Brake Safety Week September 8-14th

CVSA's Operation Airbrake program continues its ongoing efforts to educate and enforce brake related safety regulations during the second of its two annual enforcement events, Brake Safety Week, September 8th - 14th. Commercial vehicle enforcement and industry participants will be distributing educational brochures, promoting brake safety awareness, and enforcing the safety regulations for commercial brakes. As part of either a North American Standard Level I inspection, or a brake-focused Level IV inspection, enforcement will be checking for, among other items: audible air leaks, missing or damaged brake components, proper function of ABS-lamps showing no-faults, and, especially, proper brake adjustment. Vehicles found with violations meeting the North American Standard Out-Of-Service (OOS) Criteria will be placed out of service. As a reminder, vehicles equipped with automatic slack adjusters found out of adjustment should not simply be re-adjusted, but instead be fully inspected by a technician-as there is likely something wrong beyond normal lining and bushing/bearing wear.
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Question of the Week?

What are the disqualifications that would prevent a driver from receiving clearance in the security threat assessment process for a Hazardous Materials endorsement?

Conviction of any of the following crimes will disqualify a driver from being eligible for a hazmat endorsement:
*Terrorism, Assault with intent to murder, Murder, Espionage, Sedition ,Kidnapping or hostage-taking ,Treason, Rape or aggravated sexual abuse, Extortion, Robbery, Arson, Bribery, Smuggling ,Immigration violations ,RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) violations, Unlawful possession, use, sale, distribution, or manufacture of an explosive device, firearm, or other weapon ,Distribution of, intent to distribute, possession, or importation of a controlled substance, Dishonesty, fraud, or misrepresentation, including identity fraud, Crimes involving a severe transportation security incident, Improper transportation of a hazardous material, Conspiracy or attempt to commit any of these crimes
All drivers who need to renew their hazardous material endorsement or apply for a new HM endorsement on their CDL need to complete the "Security Threat Assessment" process.  It is recommended that drivers start this process 90 days prior to the expiration of their license. 

To start the assessment process go to:

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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week:
Sept. 15-21, 2013
Make plans now to recognize your drivers!!

CVSA Brake Safety Week
Sept. 8-14, 2013

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