Field Firing Range Technical Support
personnel shall assist the Range Safety Officer in conducting qualification, re-qualification firing at the Pu’uloa and Kaneohe Bay Range. As the Range Safety Technician, supervise safe conduct of live-fire range condition provided with range instructions and weapons technical manuals. Observe training to ensure that training is accomplished in accordance with instructions, policies, and appropriate weapons technical manuals.
- Perform maintenance on ranges, range operations equipment and vehicles. Issue range control equipment (radios, folders and keys). Ensure maintenance problems beyond the scope of normal repair are referred to the Range Control Officer in Charge (OIC).
- Provide safety briefings to unit cadre utilizing/training on the respective range, using a wide variety of materials, publications, exhibits, protective devices, and visual aids; promotes safety campaigns through oral and written communication at Committee meetings. Perform emergency medical procedures if required. Responsible for maintaining the respective range in operational status and to post and update regularly the fire control, map the range communications center, review and update range safety books, emergency notification rosters and SOPs. Operate a microcomputer in conjunction with performing regular duties to input and retrieve data.
- Follow applicable guidelines and checklists to ensure that only authorized weapons and ammunition are used at appropriate ranges and that training by units is conducted in accordance with applicable regulations, technical manuals, field manuals and guidance. Verify each unit complies with requirements for daily risk assessment, reporting infractions to the RSO.
- Use safety instructions and guides that are relevant to current or planned range usage.
- Investigate mishaps, obtain statements from witnesses, record circumstances of mishaps and extent of injuries, and provide input for a final report of findings with recommendations to correct any unsafe acts or conditions which caused the personnel injury or property damage. Immediately submit a Serious Incident Report (SIR) to the Installation Range Control Officer if an injury occurs on a range or in a training area.
- Perform other duties as directed to include but not limited to cleaning work spaces, mowing grass, washing range control vehicles and basic maintenance such as fueling range equipment.
- Operate range support vehicles to inspect and observe areas that are approximately 12 miles away.
- Give the training unit OIC/RSO a verbal safety brief.
- Conduct pre-fire range inspection, ensure firing positions are selected and targets are placed so that fired/launched projectiles will land inside the impact area.
- Stop the training if violations to the SOP are likely to, or have already occurred
- Assess range requirements with regards to weapons, weapons positions, ammunition and special use airspace.
- Conduct a risk assessment to identify hazards.
- Initiate corrective measures to reduce the risk to an acceptable level.
- Initiate any requirements to deviate from range safety standards by referring to the appropriate authority.
- Prepare certification report.
- Inform range personnel of environmental regulations.
- Coordinate with base environmental management office.
- Conduct periodic inspections of range to ensure compliance.
- Review range and training requirements document (FONS, MNS, ORD, (ROC) submitted by operating forces.
- Analyze the submitted requirements for future enhancements.
- Prioritize validated range and training requirements.
- Submit requirements to compete in the training Program Objectives Memorandum (POM) initiative.
- Track the status of POM initiatives.
- Staff integrated logistics support plans and material fielding plans, upon POM approval.
- Coordinate enhancement efforts with command's RTA management.
- Continue life cycle management process for RTAs.
- Establish a baseline to satisfy established training standards.
- Generate MILCON requirements in conjunction with facility planners, using units and training personnel.
- Develop parallel planning efforts.
- Coordinate a preliminary range and facility layout.
- Resolve conflicts with Special Use Airspace.
- Identify new weapons systems/munitions effects and changes to individual training standards.
- Upgrade RTA facility layout to include firing/target positions and surface danger zone overlays.
- Serve as a point of contact for concept design, facilities planning and environmental assessments.
Based on historical data, it is estimated one hundred and twenty-eight 128 Field Firing Range Technical Support actions will be accomplished daily which includes reviewing all live fire range scenarios, observing all training to ensure the training fits within the regulations for that specific training event, developing planning efforts, reviewing and submitting training requirements, inspecting range clean-up, preparing certification reports and incident reports as required.