March 18, 2019

Garver study increases safety at OMD training ground

Following a Garver-led study, the Oklahoma Military Department now has the tools needed to upgrade its Fire and Emergency Services (F&ES) capabilities at the 33,000-acre Camp Gruber Training Center, which increases safety for both soldiers and civilians on base and in surrounding areas.

Garver’s Federal Team completed a two-part Community Risk Assessment/Standard of Cover Report to provide the OMD with a comprehensive analysis of F&ES requirements for installation at Camp Gruber, located southeast of Muskogee. Garver assessed the level of risk within the Training Center, as well as those associated with current and proposed alternative response capabilities.

The project was recently honored at the American Council of Engineering Companies of Oklahoma Engineering Excellence Awards in the Studies, Research, and Consulting Engineering Services category.  

“We combined our experience in dealing with Department of Defense standards and regulations, master planning, life safety, and fire protection with specialists proficient in risk, hazard, and value evaluation software to complete this report in a timely manner,” said Garver Director of Federal Services Wallace Smith. “In fact, this was done more than four weeks ahead of the deadline, allowing the OMD to quickly turn its attention to protecting those on base."

The CRA portion identified firefighting requirements and determined levels of risk in Camp Gruber’s operational program by analyzing all aspects of its existing program in several major areas.

The SOS was completed to safeguard the effectiveness and efficiency of establishing Camp Gruber’s F&ES as well as fire suppression operations, emergency medical services, and special operations delivery in protecting Camp Gruber personnel.

With the report, the OMD now has the information necessary for placement and staffing of appropriate F&ES resources on base to offer timely and comprehensive emergency response services. 

Garver is celebrating its centennial in 2019. To learn more, visit our centennial celebration page.

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