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Information for Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technicians:

Special Health Care Needs Technician Training

The Utah Department of Public Safety/Highway Safety Office, Primary Children’s Medical Center, and SAFE KIDS Utah are pleased to offer a two-day Transporting Children with Special Health Care Needs Technician Training in Utah entitled: 

"Safe Travel for All Children:
Transporting Children with Special Health Care Needs"

This course is designed to serve as an enrichment course for child passenger safety technicians who are interested in learning more about special needs transportation.  This two-day training combines classroom lectures and discussions with hands-on exercises. During the training, participants will be introduced to medical conditions that can impact restraint selection and have the opportunity to investigate and install specialized restraint systems. The training concludes with a proficiency exam that evaluates the student's ability to assess appropriate restraints and to demonstrate proper use and installation.

The course will be held August 11th & 12th at Utah Highway Patrol Section IV Building, 5681 So 320 W, Murray, Utah.  We are honored to have Dr. Marilyn Bull from Riley Children’s Hospital agree to be instructor for this training, along with assistant instructors Janet Brooks and Marilyn Morris from Primary Children’s Medical Center.  Dr. Bull developed the Children with Special Needs Curriculum.  Janet Brooks is the Child Advocacy Manager at Primary Children’s Medical Center, member of the National Child Passenger Safety Board, Co-chair of SAFE KIDS Utah, as well as a national Child Passenger Safety Instructor and Special Needs Instructor.  Marilyn is the office coordinator in Child Advocacy and Public Relations at Primary Children’s Medical Center, a nationally certified child passenger technician, and has a great deal of hands on experience in transporting children with special health care needs. This means you have the best Special Needs instructor’s in the nation teaching you techniques in a very specialized field.

Class size is limited for this course.  If you are interested in attending, please download, complete the enclosed application form and submit it to:  DPS/PDC Rhonda Parker, 410 West 9800 South, Sandy, UT  84070.  Registration costs for this special training is $60.00.  The fee includes lunch and breaks for both days.  Please submit payment with your registration form made payable to Safe Kids Utah.  Applications and fees must be received no later than July 23, 2008.  You will receive a confirmation letter.  Those people who have never taken the Special Needs Training will have first priority.  Space permitting, those who have taken the training previously, will be given the remaining slots.

Due to limited funds, we are asking that those needing a hotel room to attend this course be  responsible for their own hotel costs.  If you do not have the ability to pay the costs for a motel, you may submit a written statement requesting assistance with reasoning for the needed assistance.  A review of this statement will determine acceptance of your request.  A block of rooms has been reserved under “Special Needs Training” at Crystal Inn, 818 East Winchester, Murray, UT 84107, 801-865-9300.  The cost is $80.00 per night at state rate.

If you have questions or concerns, please call Rhonda Parker at (801) 256-2331.  We welcome your participation in this very special training for children needing your special assistance.


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Child Passenger Safety Qualifications

Senior Checkers


Senior Checkers ensure that the education received by parents and caregivers is up-to-date and consistent with current best practices. A Senior Checker is well-trained and experienced in addressing many child passenger safety issues. She must ensure that every child leaves the event as safely as possible, so choosing someone who is knowledgeable, reliable and a good communicator is critical. Although the national SAFE KIDS BUCKLE UP team reviews Senior Checker applications, coalition coordinators and child passenger safety specialists know their local applicants’ abilities best, so exercise discretion in submitting applications.


Each child safety seat inspected at SAFE KIDS BUCKLE UP events (including registry events), must ultimately be double-checked by a National SAFE KIDS Campaign-approved Senior Checker. Even when other checkers are well versed and experienced, a second set of eyes may catch inadvertent errors or see alternative solutions. Senior checkers should be clearly identified at events (introduced at pre-event meetings, wearing special "uniforms," wearing laminated name badges, etc.)


Key Senior Checker Skills



§         Is the applicant currently certified as a CPS technician or a CPS technician-instructor?

§         Has the applicant continued to receive updated CPS information (participated in national/regional conferences, subscribed to technical periodicals, attended update classes, participated in supervised CPS checkup events, joined local CPS task forces, etc.)?




§         How long has the applicant been actively involved with CPS efforts?

§         How often does the applicant check child safety seats?

§         How many child safety seats has he/she checked, in the past 12 months?

§         Has the person participated in SAFE KIDS BUCKLE UP events or other events sponsored by your coalition?




§         Has the applicant provided awareness training and or technical training to others?

§         Has he/she assisted with hands-on training of CPS technicians and/or parents and caregivers?




§         Can the applicant ensure that current SAFE KIDS BUCKLE UP checklists are filled out completely and correctly?

§         Does he/she recognize the value of good documentation, for liability and statistical purposes?

§         Will the applicant collect completed forms and assist with the event evaluation process?


Senior Checker Profile


The Senior Checker Profile is only required for all Senior Checkers for any SAFE KIDS BUCKLE UP Car Seat Check Up Events (granted or registry), Child Safety Seat Inspection Stations and CPS Awareness Workshops. Individuals applying to be the Lead Instructor for the NHTSA Standardized CPS Training and the SAFE KIDS CPS Update-Refresher classes need to complete the SAFE KIDS BUCKLE UP Lead Instructor Profile.


SAFE KIDS BUCKLE UP protocol now requires that Senior Checker profiles be approved each fiscal year (7/1 - 6/30). Technicians and Instructors are required to renew their profiles at the beginning of each fiscal year in order to remain SAFE KIDS BUCKLE UP approved Senior Checkers.


Please Note:  All SAFE KIDS BUCKLE UP approved Lead Instructors are automatically considered approved Senior Checkers. They do not need to submit this SAFE KIDS BUCKLE UP Senior Checker Profile.


National SAFE KIDS Campaign

1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Suite 1000

Washington, DC 20004

Tel: (202) 662-0600

Fax: (202) 393-2072



Download SAFE KIDS BUCKLE UP Senior Checker Profile form.


Download Utah SAFE KIDS Senior Checker Application form.



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CPS Instructors


Listing of Utah Instructors:




Janet Brooks

[email protected]

Keri Gibson

[email protected]

Bonnie Hargreaves

[email protected]

Rhonda Parker

[email protected]

Rachel Smith

[email protected]

Terry Smith

[email protected]

Ted Tingey

[email protected]

Cindy Warnick

[email protected]

Susan Yates



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CPS Senior Checkers


Listing of Senior Checkers and Awareness Workshop Trainers:



Senior Checker Num

Tech/Inst. Num

Brady, Malaena



Brooks, Janet



Chambers, Kathy



Curtis, Cathy



England, Shannon



Essen, Geri



Fawcett, Jann



Fitzgerald, Jonelle



Gibson, Keri



Hargreaves, Bonnie



Harston, David



Nelson, Brenda



Nowak, Georgina



Parker, Rhonda



Pierce, Allena



Smith, Rachel



Smith, Teresa



Smith, Terry



Steck, Melinda



Stephens, Pat



Tingey, Ted



Vayo, Ruth



Warnick, Cindy


I 1439

Wiese, Farrin



Wilson, Martin




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Inspection Stations

Bear River Health Department
125 South 100 West
Tremonton, UT 84337
Serving Box Elder County counties
Phone: (435) 257-3318
Health Promotion Director Cathy Curtis

Bear River Health Department
655 East 1300
, UT 84341

Phone: 432-792-6510
Pat Stephens

Bear River Health Department
817 W. 950
Brigham City
, UT 84302

Phone: (435) 734-0845
Anne Griffin

Spanish translation available

Cutrubus Motors
1234 N Main Street
Layton, UT 84041

Phone: (801) 544-5800
Shawn Seifert

Davis County Health Department
E. State Street
Farmington, UT 84025

Phone: (801) 451-3586
Phone: (801) 451-3242
Community Health Educator Teresa Smith

Fitting Station held by appointment in Layton

Ken Garff Volkswagen/Audi/Porsche
195 E University Parkway
Orem, UT 84058

Phone: (801) 714-2300
Geoffrey Bays or Dustin McBride

Primary Children’s Medical Center
100 North Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84113

Phone: (801) 662-CARS
Janet Brooks

Monday and Wednesday from 12am-2pm.

2nd and 4th Thursday from 3-6pm.

By appointment only.

Spanish translation available.

Safeline Kids
14881 S Concord Park Dr Suite 2
Bluffdale, UT 84065

Phone: 1-800-829-1625
Phone: (801) 571-6250
Sherri Webb

Salt Lake Valley Health Department
788 East Woodoak Lane (5380 South) # 140
Murray, UT 84107
Phone: (801) 313-6607
May Romo

By appointment only.

Spanish translation available.

Southeast Utah District Health Department
West Main
Dale, UT 84513
Phone: (435) 381-2252
Terri Bennett

Southeastern District Health Department
117 South Main
Monticello, UT 84535
Phone: (435) 587-2021
Clerk Sue Morrell

Southeastern Utah District Health Department
196 E. Center
Blanding, UT 84511
Phone: (435) 678-2723
Gina Hatch

Southeastern Utah District Health Department
28 South 100 East
Price, UT 84501
Phone: (435) 637-3671
Community Health Educator Georgina Nowak

Spanish translation available

Southwest Utah Public Health Plan
168 North 100 East
George, UT 84780

Phone: (435) 986-2562
Nikki Weber

Strong VW, Inc.
1070 South Main
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Phone: (801) 596-2200
Richard Bowen

Summit County Health Department
6505 North Landmark Drive, #300
Park City, UT 84098
Located in Summit county
Phone: (435) 615-3910
Health Educator Geri Essen

Inspection & Spanish translation by appt. only.

Tooele County Health Department
151 North Main
Tooele, UT 84074
Phone: (435) 843-2310
Brenda Nelson

Tri-County Health Department
147 E Main
Vernal, UT 84078
Serving Dagget, Duchesne, Uintah counties
Phone: (435) 781-5475
Martha Tomaino

Tri-County Health Department
281 E 200 N
Roosevelt, UT 84066
Serving Dagget, Duchesne, Uintah counties
Phone: (435) 722-5085 x13
Martha Tomaino

Multilingual assistance available.

Utah County Health Department
S. University Ave.
Provo, UT 84601

Phone: (801)851-7035; 851-7068
Phone: (801) 851-7095
Health Educators Bonnie Hargreaves or Rilla Leckie

Utah Highway Patrol, Section 10
835 East 300
, UT 84701

Phone: (435) 896-2780
Peggy Smith

Wasatch County Health Department
55 South 500 East
Heber, UT 84032
Phone: (435) 657-3259
Jonelle Fitzgerald and Amber Peterson


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