Workplace shootings. It can’t happen to you, right? Yet it happens more often that we’d like and it does happen to someone (or more likely multiple people). As a truck driver, you might think it’s less likely, but just because your workplace is on the road, doesn’t equate to fewer shootings. A few Star Fleet contractors have unfortunately witnessed this tragedy first hand. Specifically a few months ago when Michael Vance went on a shooting spree in Oklahoma and shot a motorhome driver while one of our contractors (Rudy) and his wife slept in their truck next to the motorhome.
“I got woken up by hearing a door shut at about 1:50 am. I heard people talking and then yelling and then a loud noise. I had to put things together, but eventually knew it was a gunshot & not a tire exploding (which can sound similar). A few seconds later a second shot goes off. Then I heard someone yell, ‘Help! Help! I’ve been shot in the leg!’ I got dressed and out of the truck & saw a car driving off. I was the first to get to the guy screaming and saw blood all over his leg. Then a woman came to help and she was a nurse and we made a tourniquet out of a belt he had on. The police got there and everything was roped off and we had to give statements and I gave an interview to a TV and radio station. The man survived and what I found out later was the car I saw driving off when I first got out of my truck, was actually the shooter.”
Michael then later killed another man who was the brother to another one of our contractors.
I’m not here to discuss the ‘why’ it happens, but rather what you can be on the lookout for and do if it ever happens to you. The response protocol according to the Department of Homeland security & the Bureau of Justice Administration is the acronym ALICE – alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate.
Alert authorities by calling 911 once it is safe.
Lockdown the building as much as possible. This includes interior as well as exterior doors and windows.
Inform authorities of what is happening as it’s happening. This helps dispatchers relay the most up-to-date information. If possible, keep co-workers updated using your internal system.
Counter the attack by fighting back if the tools and circumstances allow.
Evacuate the premises if it is both possible & safe to do so.
Utilizing this protocol can help reduce or mitigate the number of victims, no matter where you are, if an active shooter situation does occur.
With a new month upon us, that means we have a new driver to feature for the month. Say hello to Stephanie Keuneke! Stephanie is in our motorized division driving motor homes to dealers all over the U.S. While she’s only been with Star Fleet since November 2016, she’s been in the transporting industry since 2011.
The funniest thing she’s seen on the road is a van parked at a Flying J that was completely covered in eagle statues and stickers. We’re not sure what to think….
Stephanie’s favorite state is Florida, not just because of the great weather, but because there are plenty of diverse activities on either coast. She also asks, “Where else can you get a great cup of Cuban coffee?” When Stephanie is not out driving, she enjoys boating, art museum, and sampling ethnic cuisines.
Prior to entering transporting, Stephanie attended IUPUI and majored in graphic design, though by her own admission her true artistic medium is printmaking. One fun fact she shared with us was that she grew up in a town so small it had no traffic lights, only a 4-way stop. She moved to Iowa and when she’d come back to Indiana she would specifically avoid the Chicago area at all costs because she was deathly afraid to drive in major cities. We’re happy to know she has since overcome that fear as she loves driving through any major city.
We’re so glad to have Stephanie on our team – thanks for choosing to #DriveForStarFleet!
As an owner-operator driver for Star Fleet, we know that you get to travel all across the U.S. and see some pretty amazing stuff. Capturing those moments is incredibly rewarding & with our monthly photo contest, you have the chance to be rewarded in cash! So what makes a good photo? Below you’ll find some tips on what makes a good picture overall & what the Star Fleet team is looking for in the pictures you submit & see some of our past winners that utilized these suggestions.
- Take advantage of the scenery around you. It doesn’t have to be something rare, but using objects in the scenery surrounding you is a great way to draw attention to your main subject (your truck)!
- Make sure your truck is in the picture. Of course we love to see you and a peek inside your home life, but we want to see what you see on the road (including the vehicle that got you there)!
- Try another perspective. Sometimes shooting a picture with everything perfectly centered & head on, can eliminate some of that scenery you’re trying to include. Try going higher or lower or even at a different angle (sometimes the sky is a really neat background).
- Take photos when the sun is lower in the sky. Whether that’s early in the morning or in the evening, this is called the “golden hour” when light is warmer & softer. This isn’t always true, but a good guideline.
- Capture the season. What’s fun about this is that the seasons are different depending on where you are. Autumn in the Midwest isn’t the same as autumn in the south.
Also as a reminder to enter the photo contest, post your picture to our Facebook page or email them to email@example.com to be entered as a finalist. We will choose 5 finalists & post those where you like the one you want to see win. Good luck!
As we all continue to hear about the truck driver shortage, one solution many industry professionals say can help is to recruit more women to the industry. As we at Star Fleet Trucking recruit more drivers in general, we welcome women here at Star Fleet and thus wanted to feature one of them as our driver of the month. For February, let us introduce you to Debi Warner!
Debi is based out of our Twin Falls, Idaho terminal and has been in the trucking industry for 3 years, all of them here at Star Fleet Trucking! In her time with us she says the funniest thing she’s seen on the road was in Ash Spring, NV where she saw a little burro in the back seat of a van with his head sticking out of the window. Check it out for yourself!
Prior to coming on board with us, she worked in the accounting department of a law office for 7 1/2 years. She’s been married for 20 years to Jim (pictured above) who also drives for Star Fleet. When she’s not hauling units, Debi enjoys camping, motorcycling (she and her husband are members of Harley’s Owners Group (HOG)), and indulging in her favorite foods, chocolate and strawberries!
We’re so glad to have Debi in our fleet – thanks for choosing to #DriveForStarFleet!
Each month we will have a driver of the month where we feature one of our owner-operator drivers. This month we’re featuring Tom Abney from Burr Oak, MI. Tom has been driving for our oversize division since 2011, but has been in the transportation industry on and off since 1988!
Tom’s favorite state is LA and/or AZ because it’s warm! When we asked him what’s the funniest things he’s seen on the road he said, “I’ve seen the Wiener Mobile & once while traveling down a hill a pickup hauling a large boar tried passing me & when he got to the bridge the force of the bump forced the boat off the trailer & drug behind him!”
We know our drivers have hobbies and interesting things about them outside of this job and Tom is no different; he enjoys hunting, fishing, & motorcycle riding and is also a combat veteran from Desert Storm. Thank you for your service, Tom!
If you’d like a chance at being our Driver of the Month, just ask your terminal for the driver bio template, fill it out, & return to them.
Happy New Year!
We hope that everyone was able to enjoy the holidays and spend some quality time with your loved ones. We are looking forward to a prosperous and safe 2016! Throughout the year, keep watching your e-mails and our social media for announcements of new exciting things that we have in store!
To begin, we are excited to announce a few changes to our photo contest for 2016. We recognize that not every driver has or wants a Facebook account, so have we developed a way for everyone to participate. You may now submit your photo on Facebook OR it can be e-mailed directly to us.
Here’s how it works:
- Take a scenic photo of your truck and trailer at some point after you have hooked up to your next load. Or,
- Take a photo of anything you encounter as you are on the road. it could be weather-related, sunsets, nature, road hazards, etc.
- Either post the photo to our Facebook page, or submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Each month, at least one photo will be selected by Star Fleet management to win $1,000. (We have eliminated the public voting)
- You may submit more than one photo per month, and you may win more than once during the year!
- Must be a driver currently leased-on with Star Fleet Trucking at time of selection to claim the prize.
- Entries must come from your own Facebook account or from an e-mail address that we have on file for you. Please contact your dispatcher if you need to update your information.
- There may be suggested themes throughout the year, but when a theme is not announced, the focus should be on the current season or holiday.
That’s it! Winners will be selected based on the quality, scenery, and overall mood of the photo. If your photo knocks our socks off, it may even be featured in future Star Fleet advertising!* Of course, always position your truck and trailer in a safe and legal manner, and then snap away!
The contest will run the entire year, with a Photo Of The Year announced in late December 2016. Winners will be notified prior to being announced in our newsletters and social media. Good luck!
*no photo will be used in promotional materials unless given permission by the owner of the photo.
Happy Holidays, Star Fleet Drivers! It’s that time of year again – time for the holiday-themed Take Your Best Shot Contest!
You know the drill, everybody- when you and yours are enjoying the holiday season in whatever way you choose, pull out your phone and snap a picture. Upload the picture to our Facebook page (click here to go to contest page), and if your picture gets the most votes, you win $1000!
Given some of the submissions we received in the last contest, Star Fleet would like to reiterate some of the terms and conditions since, try as we might, some folks still aren’t as up to snuff on the contest rules as we’d like. In order to submit a valid entry to the contest, you:
- MUST be a driver currently leased to Star Fleet. If you aren’t a driver, you will not qualify for the winnings (if you’d like to BE a driver, click here!)
- MUST take the picture you submit. If we find that you’ve plagiarized the image, we will remove it from the contest.
Also, please try to stick to the contest theme with your submissions- you’ll have a better chance of getting votes, and if we determine the submitted image is inflammatory, inappropriate, or offensive, we will remove it from the contest.
Pretty simple, right? Okay, you know the rules, so keep those phones charged and make sure you don’t miss that $1000 shot!
As always, Star Fleet drivers, remember to take the proper precautions when on the road. Winter’s almost here, and anyone who drives long distances knows that even a mild one can be dangerous if you’re not prepared. Stay safe, and happy holidays!