BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
Beale Airmen Against Drunk Driving (BAADD) is a completely anonymous program, ran by volunteers, designed to prevent base personnel from driving under the influence.
“Our goal is to keep Airmen, their families, and civilian contractors safe when they go out and drink,” said Senior Airman Joshua Vogl, BAADD president, “They can call 530-300-8351 if they need a ride. We offer the service Friday to Sunday.”
According to Vogl, the amount of calls they receive can vary with holidays or specific events, but the BAADD team typically has three to four saves a weekend.
“We have two systems,”Vogl said. “One where we bring two drivers. One to drive the person and one to drive their car home. The other one is where the volunteer just drives the person home and they would get their car later.”
While Vogl hopes there is eventually no need for the BAADD program he stressed the importance of people using the program whenever they need it.
“If someone was hesitant I would tell them to please give us a call, we are here for you and we will be there as soon as possible,” Vogl said. “There is nothing to fear because it is anonymous, and our drivers are dedicated to picking you up and keeping you safe.”
BAADD is always looking for volunteers, and Airmen can do so by calling or texting the BAADD phone number, responding to the weekly e-mail, signing up on the sharepoint site, or reaching out to the BAADD representative in their unit.
“It is important for people to volunteer because we are all a family,” Vogl said. “They can help potentially save the life of a peer.”
For more information, to volunteer or in need of services, please contact BAADD at 530-300-8351.