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Range Safety Brief – Diggle Rifle Range
The aim of this brief is to ensure that the competition / practice detail is carried out safely and efficiently as possible in accordance with Diggle Range Orders and keeping associated risks as low as reasonable practicable for all.
The following are nominated to to fill the appointments as follows:
Butts Duty IC (If Applicable)
Butts Team (If Applicable)
Safety Supervisors (If Applicable)
Scoring / Admin (If Applicable)
Vehicles / Parking / Signing In (Inc visitors and fees and verify FAC) / Range Fees / Facilities
Course of Fire
Course of Fire – inc range / sighting in / scoring / ammunition requirements / specific words of command / timings
Firearms / Ammunition Permitted to be Used
It is the shooters responsibility to comply with the ranges safety certification limits – Max calibre 0.577in / Max Muzzle Energy 6000ft/lb / Max Muzzle Velocity 4000fps. HME weapons (4500 joules) should be pre-zeroed. HME shooters should advise the RCO prior to the commencement of the shoot and the local HME requirements discussed. Tracer and S5 firearms may only be used with permission of the PSSA Committee.
Range Layout (as required)
Firing Point / Butts Loc inc routes to and from / Concurrent ranges in use and restrictions / Range in use flag / Danger Area (inc visibility) / Stop Board or red butts flag / Range restrictions eg usage of the plate box / Admin area / No fumble zones / Shot Marker IP 192.168.100.1 (if used)
At all times the directions / instructions of the RCO are to be followed by all participants. If the RCO leaves the firing point due to unforeseen circumstances no shooting may take place.
Each shooter has a personal responsibility to ensure that their conduct, actions and drills maximise the safety of themselves and others whilst minimising risk. Shooters must be fully familiar with the weapon and its function that they are using on the range. Shooters must ensure that their weapon and ammunition are fully serviceable prior to firing. The following points are to promote a safe range environment for all:
1. No weapons are to be taken onto the firing point until instructed.
2. No bolts are to be placed into rifles until instructed and no one is to aim a rifle or insert a bolt unless on the firing point. ***Shotguns? / Semi Auto .22 specific details***
3. Load and fire only on the instructions of the RCO.
4. Weapons to be pointed down range in the direction of the butts at all times. Cross lane firing is not permitted.
5. Weapons must not be handled when the red marker board or red stop butt flag is shown. If the board or flag are raised during firing then shout STOP STOP STOP.
6. Weapons must not be handled when anyone is forward of the firing point.
7. Misfires – Observe for 30s / keep pointing down range / inform RCO. Defective ammunition should not be re-fired
8. ND’s – To be reported immediately to the RCO
9. Hard Extractions / Stoppages – 2 hard extractions or stoppages maximum before dismissal from the detail for that particular weapon. Defective ammunition should not be re-fired.
10. Hearing protection is mandatory and is to be worn at all times when the range is ‘live’ by all persons on the range. Hearing loss due to noise exposure is permanent. Eye protection is optional but strongly advised. All persons must ensure that their eye and ear protection is serviceable.
11. Only shooters are allowed onto the firing point other persons are to stand well back.
12. Remove all brass / casings at the end of the detail as well as any litter.
13. Alcohol must not be consumed before or during shooting. Smoking is not permitted in the covered firing points.
14. Range vehicles are used at each individuals personal risk and operators and passengers are to ensure they are familiar with the vehicles use.
15. Shooters are advised to ensure that they have adequate personal and 3rd party accident insurance for the activity in the event of any claim or injury prior to shooting (BASC / NRA / CPSA)
16. Report any damages / breakages / injuries to the RCO for recording prior to leaving the range.
Weapon Clearance – The RCO is responsible for ensuring that all weapons are inspected and cleared before they are taken from the firing point, however it is the individual shooters responsibility to ensure that the weapon is presented for inspection and cleared before leaving the firing point.
STOP STOP STOP Procedure – Everyone involved in the practice should be mindful of human incursions into the RDA, if there is any livestock incursion into or close to the line of fire, an unsafe practice observed, accident has or is about to occur or you see the red stop board or butt flag raised during firing then you must shout STOP STOP STOP loudly. Anyone may give this command, however only the RCO may authorise firing too recommence.
If the RCO requires firing to STOP then the command STOP STOP STOP will be given. Similarly this may be given by another RCO via the radio system.
Actions on STOP STOP STOP – Shooters will immediately stop shooting, lay down their weapons and step back from the firing point. Weapons will be cleared once the immediate danger has been alleviated.
Medical / Accident Procedure
Actions on Medical / Casualty (IA) – STOP STOP STOP to be declared and firing to cease. The RCO or nominated staff will move to the scene to assess the casualty. Immediate first aid will be administered and Range House and other ranges informed as required. There is a first aid kit in the range house (state any other loc). All participants should be prepared to undertake tasking as directed by the RCO.
Actions on Medical / Casualty (Minor Casualty) – After the IA has been carried out specific first aid will be carried out either at the range house or on the range as appropriate with the casualty being moved on foot or by vehicle as needed with follow on care at the nearest hospital / medical facility as required.
Actions on Medical / Casualty (Major Casualty) – After the IA has been carried out the RCO will direct that a call for an ambulance using the 999 system is made. The location is Diggle Rifle Range, Diggle, Oldham, OL3 5LB. approx 1 mile east of Diggle Village. Range House Grid Ref: SE022083 / What3Words: nylon.pets.prompts. State the type of incident, casualty numbers and nature of injuries along with any other identified hazards. The RCO will deploy 1 x person to the main gate to act as a guide for arriving emergency services. All participants should be prepared to support the RCO in preserving life and maximising safety of the casualty and others. No one should leave the range complex until instructed.
The nearest hospital is Tameside General Hospital, Darton Road, Ashton-under-Lyne 0161 330 8373.
Injuries to livestock must be reported to the RCO who will then complete the relevant reporting.
After the casualty has been dealt with the RCO will complete the relevant accident reporting as required.
Dynamic Risk Assessment
All shooters and visitors should be mindful of slips, trips and falls as well as manual handling when on the range complex. All persons should conduct their own dynamic risk assessment in line with their own physical abilities as required in line with the activities being undertaken prior to and whilst participating in the practice to ensure their own personal safety and that of others.
Detail any COVID-19 restrictions / regs / PPE requirements in force.
Questions? If in doubt ask.
Range Staff Tasking
Safety Supervisors – The Safety Supervisors are responsible for the safe conduct of firing as directed by the RCO and in particular they are to:
1. Ensure the safe handling of weapons on the firing point at all times.
2. Ensure that correct targets are engaged.
3. Intervene if a breach of safety is about to occur.
4. Stay alert at all times.
Butts Duty IC – The Butts IC is responsible for the operation of the targets as directed including where applicable shot marking / scoring as tasked by the RCO in particular they are to:
1. Listen via radio or other means for signals from the RCO during the practice and present targets and signal flags / boards as instructed by the RCO.
2. The Butts IC is to brief the butts party and is to ensure that the safety rules are explained and understood as well as the scoring / marking requirements.
3. The Butts IC must ensure that all butts party understand that no one may leave the butt without permission of the Butts IC.
4. The Butts IC must not give permission until told to do so by the RCO. The butt flag / stop board must be raised before any movement to or from the butts.
5. In the event of loss of communications to the firing point or other emergency (including RDA incursions observed) the Butts IC will instruct the butts flag / stop board to be raised and await contact from the firing point.
6. Ensure that the butts party remains under ballistic cover during the practice.
Prior to Firing the Butts IC is to:
1. Test communications to the RCO as well as any alternative / back up system
2. Brief the butts party as required and remind to stay under ballistic cover. NB if .22 is being used over 100yards then butts party to remain in cover at the designated location as per range orders.
3. Detail butts team to target frames and test the frames that are to be used and install targets.
4. Test the marking system to be used as required / patch out any old shot holes.
5. Install wind flags as required.
6. Advise butts party about the requirement for hearing and eye protection as required.
7. Ensure that first aid pack is taken to the butts as required.
Diggle Access Road – Grid SE019081
Diggle Range House – Grid SE022083 / What3Words: nylon.pets.prompts.
RVP Main Gate – What3Words: everybody.limiting.harder
Clay Range – What3Words: flushed.spine.conforms
A Range 100 yard Covered firing point – What3Words: modem.juicy.ordering
B Range 300 yard Covered firing point – What3Words: went.licks.crucially
B Range Butts Entry – What3Words: condition.audio.contrived
C Range 600 yard Covered firing point – What3Words: dolls.asks.advice
C Range 1000 yard Covered firing point – What3Words: shunning.transit.flask
C Range Butts Entry – What3Words: challenge.unites.losing
D Range Covered firing point – What3Words: rocker.greyhound.flame