Teamsters to Participate in Trucking Security Program

WASHINGTON , May 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Homeland Security has selected the HMS Company to receive a $15.5 million grant to provide program management, planning and support services for its Trucking Security Program (TSP).

As part of this program the International Brotherhood of Teamsters was selected as the subcontractor to provide outreach and training to Teamsters in the transportation industry and others throughout the country. This new program will enhance and continue the TSP through updated training and communications.

The TSP will administer an anti-terrorism and security awareness program for highway professionals in support of the National Preparedness Guidelines. The training and awareness program will develop and launch training modules for different communities and different threats as they emerge.

The Teamsters provide unique insight since they work in and around areas not typically covered under other programs. Not only are Teamsters on the nation's highways but in and around our nation's critical infrastructure every day.

Another subcontractor partner is the Owner Operator Independent Driver Association (OOIDA). This will provide a unique opportunity for the Teamsters to work with OOIDA in a collaborative effort between the two memberships and build a cohesive organizational structure for recruitment and training into areas of transportation they have not traditionally visited.

"I am looking forward to working with the HMS Company and to participate in helping to protect our nation's security," said Mark Johnson the Teamsters National Training Director.

Founded in 1903, the Teamsters Union represents more than 1.4 million hardworking men and women in the United States and Canada .

SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters