The Escondido Fish and Game Associations’ Range Safety Officer/Range Master Corps (RSO’s) is an elite group of Association Member’s that have been trained in range safety and security. They volunteer their time to assure that the range is safe and secure for all of the Association Members and their Guests.
The Active RSO will work a minimum of one five hour shift a month. The range shifts are:
- 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- 5:00 p.m. to sunset during summer daylight savings time.
During their shift, the RSO will check the security of the perimeter fence and check the locks on the gates. They will checks all locks on the buildings and note any discrepancies. They sign-in on all ranges at the beginning of their shift and collect any “green sheets” from the previous day.
During their “walk-abouts”, the RSO’s will greet members and their guests and check membership credentials. They will assist members and guests with safety issues and procedures keeping range safety in the fore front of everyone’s mind. The RSO will observe members and guests while they are shooting on ranges to assure that proper safety procedures are followed, thus keeping fellow shooters safe and secure.
The majority of the Associations’ RSO’s have completed the “National Rifle Association’s Range Safety Officer Certification” process. The certification process consists of classroom learning experiences and discussions. In the classroom, RSO’s learn the basics of NRA range safety and EF&GA safety and security. The individuals completing the classroom have stated that they learned a lot and had a good time doing so.
Becoming an RSO is an easy task. The individual must be conscientious, personable, and safety aware. Call or e-mail the Association Training Coordinator or the Chief Range Safety Officer to answer any questions you may have and set-up a training session. The training session consists of approximately one shift period learning the ranges safety procedures, security procedures and RSO related items. At the end of the training session, the prospective RSO is asked if they would like to become a member of the RSO Corps and do they feel comfortable working on the range. If they say they would like to join the Corps, they are issued the “Red Hat and Tee-Shirt” and a name badge is ordered. Some new RSO’s work with other experienced RSO’s to become more comfortable and familiar with the procedures. That is an easy thing to do.
When a member becomes a Range Safety Officer, they sign-up for range duty shift’s and start having an enjoyable time. Many of our RSO’s have made lasting friendships with other RSO’s and members. They can learn a lot about firearms and what makes them work. They can learn about many different shooting venues as well. Many of the Associations’ RSO also volunteer to help out at sanctioned shooting events: Women on Target, Junior Rifle, Junior Pistol, Trap, etc. This is an interesting and rewarding experience.
I would like to thank the Associations’ RSO’s; past, present and future.
Chief Range Safety Officer