Health Guidelines & On-Site Rules

MxV Rail/SERTC Safety & Health Information for Resident Training Attendees:

We are always mindful of the safety, security, and well-being of students and staff members which is our number one priority for MxV Rail and SERTC, and we are committed to continue keeping our students and staff safe and healthy during training courses at our facility. As you prepare for attending our courses, please note that we update our site entry procedures based on directives for federal facilities and CDC guidance.

  • Masks are not required – all visitors and staff may choose to wear a mask, but it is not a requirement

All students are required to review and sign the following documents supplied on the first day of a resident course:

Guidelines are subject to change. MxV Rail/SERTC will continue to follow federal directives and adjust guidance accordingly. Every effort will be made to convey changes to the student in a timely manner. COVID-19 information and how to protect yourself & others can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

Speed Limit/Wildlife

Please abide by all posted speed limits during your travel from the hotel to SERTC. It is imperative that you follow all posted speed limits entering/departing property on the Pueblo/Chemical Army Depot as it is an active U.S. Army base/chemical weapons storage site patrolled by police and they are extremely strict with controlling speed limits. In addition, large wildlife is abundant and can be found close to the road &/or crossing the road and can be extremely dangerous for motorists using excessive speed.  Please be cautious and keep everyone safe on our roads!

Site Briefing & Security Measures

Federal Site Access Requirements for MxV Rail/SERTC Visitors/Participants:
REAL ID – Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted by the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting, for certain purposes, driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards. The purposes covered by the Act are accessing Federal facilities. Prior to visiting our site, please follow these requirements:

  • U.S. Citizens: Click Here to check if your driver’s license meets minimum security standards for the Real ID compliance for your state. Be mindful that most states are already compliant or have been granted an extension; therefore, a second form of ID may NOT be NEEDED.
  • Non-Compliant: A second form of ID is required ONLY IF your state is non-compliant. Alternate forms of acceptable identification in lieu of the driver’s licenses from non-compliant states are provided by clicking here for acceptable forms of alternative second IDsan example is a Fire Department or Law Enforcement ID card issued by state, county or city government containing name, photo, and expiration date.
  • Non-U.S. Citizens | Foreign Nationals: When you arrive, you must have your passport as proof of ID.

Due to SERTC being on a federal facility, Participants are REQUIRED to present picture identification ON A DAILY BASIS prior to boarding the on-site shuttle van to the training facility. Acceptable forms of ID must meet requirements of the REAL ID Act as outlined above. Those from non-compliant states will need an alternative form of acceptable identification in addition to their non-compliant driver’s license, both to be presented on a daily basis.  If identification is not brought on a daily basis, Participant will be sent back to hotel to retrieve it.

Pueblo Chemical Depot Security reserves the right to vet or search vehicles, students, and staff as necessary, based on threat levels, random access measures, and current intelligence.

Weapons/Firearms/Alcohol/Marijuana strictly prohibited on-site.

Personal photography is prohibited.

Cellphone use is prohibited while driving unless driver is parked or using hands-free device.

Upon arrival at SERTC on the first day, Participants will be briefed on safety procedures.

Meals

When staying at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Pueblo hotel, breakfast will be provided at the hotel. Lunch will be provided daily at SERTC. Special dietary requirements should be addressed during online registration or email sertc@aar.com no later than two weeks prior to class start date. We will do our best to accommodate you. We recommend bringing healthy snacks if needed.

Medical

A series of medical questions are asked before any physical training and vital signs are checked periodically. SERTC will not allow Participants with blood pressures above 160/90 to wear SCBA or fully encapsulated clothing.

PPE & Dress

Courses are designed for Participants to move quickly and frequently between classroom and field exercises. In the field, Participants may experience training in different working conditions, e.g., hot, and dusty, cold, and snowy. Weather in Colorado is subject to rapid and diverse changes.  We suggest that you come prepared to dress in layers so that you can adjust to the temperature and condition changes. Click for Pueblo 10-Day Weather Forecast.

Participant should bring:

      • Leather work gloves
      • Standard protective footwear — ASTM F2413-11
      • Spectacle kit for a SCBA, if applicable
      • Prescription safety glasses, if applicable, with attached side shields (must be worn at all times)
      • Appropriate work clothing (no shorts, sleeveless shirts, or sandals)
      • Sunscreen, lip balm, and any other items needed to protect from the elements
      • FLE-RR & TCLUER Participants ONLY: Approved Structural Firefighter Protective Ensemble
      • THMOST Participants: Long Sleeve Shirt(s) for outside exercises conducted on three (3) class days

SERTC will provide as necessary:

    • SCBA
    • Hard hats
    • Safety glasses
    • Safety vests
    • All other safety gear required for the training

Updated 09/07/2022