Atlanta Conservation Club Range Safety Officer Guide And Range
Atlanta Conservation Club Range Safety Officer Guide And Range Standard Operating Procedure I. Range Safety Officer (RSO) Duties 1. Arrive at Range at least 10 minutes before your scheduled duty time. If you are opening the range that day, ensure that you have all equipment needed for the type of event scheduled. See item I.10 for a complete list. 2. If you are opening the range, inspect the berm, and remove any debris, garbage or rocks. 3. Ensure you are wearing your ear and eye protection. "Lead By Example" 4. Introduce yourself to new shooters, sign them in and give them a safety briefing. 5. Ensure all shooters read and understand all range rules as posted. 6. Periodically traverse the ranges and ensure: a. All shooters are obeying all Range Rules. b. All actions are opened and all firearms are cleared when shooters are down range. c. No firearms are being handled when shooters are down range. d. If there are 5 or more shooters on any of the firing lines, the Range Officer will be on the firing line to ensure range safety. 7. Range Commands When it becomes necessary for the RSO to take positive control of the firing line, the commands should be given in a loud clear voice. The commands are such that all shooters should have no doubt what the command means and know what the proper response is. The following are given as an example of typical commands. a. “Shooters” “Man the firing line, you have 1 minute preparation time,” This prep time allows the shooters to load and make all the preps for live fire. b. “Ready on the right?” Receive some acknowledgment from the shooters on your right. c. “Ready on the left?” Receive some acknowledgment from the shooters on your left. d. When all shooters are ready. “All’s ready on the Firing Line.” e. “Commence Fire” f. “Cease-fire” g. “Lay your firearms down, unloaded, with the action open and up.” h. “Shooters step back from the line and make the range safe.” Inspect the firearms and the firing line, and ensure the line is safe. i. “The Range is Safe.” j. “Shooters may go forward and post or retrieve targets.” These commands should be given in a loud clear voice. If for any reason, there is a problem on the firing line that you feel warrants your intervention, call cease-fire. 8. The RSO’s word is law on the range. 9. If any RSO has a question, contact the Chief Range Safety Officer, the Club President or one of the Board Members. Refer to the contact list for current phone numbers. 10. Equipment Needed: located in Range Office a. Sign in sheets b. Club membership applications c. Pens, pencils and markers d. First Aid kit e. Targets, for sale f. Hearing protection/ear plugs for sale g. Eye protection for loan h. Copies of Latest Newsletter i. N.R.A. Membership forms j. Fire extinguisher k. Staple gun and staples II. Targets Approved Target Types: 1. Paper targets on target stands. 2. Steel reactive targets in good repair. 3. Steel stationary targets in good repair 4. Maximum height of target is 5 feet to the top edge. 5. Clay pidgins if set in dedicated holders or set on the back stop no higher that 5 feet above ground level. 6. Specific groups may use other type targets during authorized competition shoots that are on the club calendar and authorized by the board. 7. Practice with any other type of target (e.g., bowling pins, ballistic gelatin) is at the discretion of the RSO. Banned Target Types: 1. No targets of opportunity: birds, rocks, soda cans, cartons, jugs of water. 2. No explosive targets allowed. 3. No junk targets (old computers, etc.) 4. If in doubt, refer to rule II.1. III. Firearms Allowed On Range Pistols .22 Rim fire rifles All center fire rifles, with the exception of .50 BMG. Muzzle loading pistols and rifles Shotguns Ammunition Restrictions: No tracer rounds permitted on range. NOTE: No full-auto firearms are allowed on this range. A. General Rules regarding gun handling. Members are allowed to carry loaded firearms on their person provided the following: 1. All loaded pistols must be holstered until the shooter is at the firing line. Or is unloading the firearm at the designated checking and clearing table or clearing barrel, if available 2. All loaded rifles must remain on the checking/clearing table, with the safety engaged or in a bag or case with the bolt open. 3. Guns should not be handled in the club house, except for the following: a. Training classes. b. A firearm that has been checked and cleared by the owner and two other members. c. All checking/clearing and fiddle tables should be perpendicular to the side berm of any shooting bay. The tables should not be moved around. IV. Who Can Shoot 1. Any member paid in full. (If membership is in question, a membership card must be shown.) Members without a card or on the list. If not on the list the person will be asked to leave the premises. If this situation arises, it is incumbent on the RSO to check the person’s ID. 2. Any non-member who is a guest of a member in good standing. 3. Any active duty law enforcement officer from Arcadia or Atlanta. 4. Any child, as long as they are under the direct and immediate control of a non-shooting adult member. 5. Any family member of a member in good standing. 6. Others at the discretion of the RSO. V. Range Use 1. Events scheduled with the club have first priority for range use. 2. Members are free to use the range during normal operating hours (9am to sunset) when no events are scheduled, provided the following conditions are met: a. Have completed the Basic Safety Course or RSO training. b. Signed the range rules agreement c. Have not been suspended from membership and dues are paid up. d. Have not taken recreational drugs or alcohol prior to arrival at range VI. Shooters Responsibilities 1. Bring membership identification to the range. 2. Follow all Range Rules as posted. 3. Obey all verbal instructions of the Range Safety Officer. 4. Declare cease-fire if emergency arises. 5. Declare cease-fire if firearm malfunctions and you cannot clear it without assistance. 6. Ensure the Range is clear before firing. 7. Ensure the Range is SAFE before going down range. 8. Cooperate with the other shooters. 9. Ensure you wear your eye and ear protection while on the Range. 10. Do not handle firearms when people are down range. 11. When not firing, your firearm will be on the bench, unloaded, with the action open, or in an approved bag or holster. 12. The muzzle of the firearm shall always be pointed in a safe direction. 13. Each shot will be an aimed, controlled shot. 14. Parents who bring children are responsible for keeping them under their immediate and direct supervision at all times. 15. No uncontrolled rapid rate of fire is allowed on any range at any time. VII. Range Rules A complete list of the Range Rules is available as a separate document. The rules are also posted on the Range and at the Club House. VIII. Emergency Plan This Emergency Plan is not designed to deal with all emergencies but is presented as a blueprint, which an RSO can use to help respond to, and deal with emergency situations. In any emergency it is imperative that the RSO take charge and perform those actions that will enhance the response of emergency responders, i.e. fire and or medical crews. 1. Assess the situation 2. Determine appropriate actions 3. Direct others in the area to perform specific actions. 4. Call EMS (911) EMS Contact numbers: Atlanta Town Hall: 765-292-2626 Arcadia Police Dept: 317-984-3456 Arcadia Volunteer and Jackson Township Fire Departments: 911 Response times from Arcadia are approximately 10 minutes A. Scenario #1. Medical Emergency. 1. Direct cease-fire. 2. Assess the medical situation or determine if anyone present is more capable to assess the situation and render First Aid. 3. Direct one person to stay with the injured person and render First Aid. 4. Direct one person to call 911 and stay on the phone 5. Direct one person to go to the main gate to direct fire and medical personnel to the scene. 6. Direct one person to go to the Club House area to direct fire and medical personnel to the scene. 7. Direct one person to go outside the covered Firing Line to direct fire and medical personnel to the scene. 8. Write out an incident report as soon as EMS has the situation under control. 9. Contact a board member and inform them of the incident. B. Scenario #2. Fire. 1. Direct cease-fire. 2. Direct personnel to fight the fire. 3. Direct one person to call 911 and stay on the phone. 4. Direct one person to go to the main gate to direct fire and medical personnel to the scene. C. Scenario #3. Serious Rule Violators. Remember to always be polite and friendly when dealing with rule violations. Most people are well intentioned, but dangerous behavior must be stopped when it is observed. A kind word and respectful manner usually will rectify most situations. As an RSO, your role is that of a diplomat and educator and not a “range nazi.” 1. Direct cease-fire, if appropriate to situation 2. Explain violation to member or guest. If member or guest corrects behavior, no further steps are required 3. If member or guest willfully continues in the violation, or becomes uncooperative or aggressive, Pull the members card and ask them to leave the range. 4. If the member refuses to leave after being instructed to do so, call local law enforcement and have them escort the person from the grounds. 5. Immediately after the event is over, file an incident report form. Be thorough in your description of the situation and your response to it. Note any witnesses present and names of law enforcement personnel as appropriate. 6. Call a board member and inform them of the incident.