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Defence Estate Quality Management System (DEQMS) Davis Langdon Certification Services

Training Area Regulation & ManagementTraining Areas Regulations & Policy

Implementation & Operation - Range Siting & Safety Boards

Range Siting and Safety Boards are conducted for permanent live fire ranges to determine the user requirements, safety parameters and resources for the conduct of designated live fire training. There are two types of Range Boards

Siting Board

The purpose of a Range Siting Board is to ensure that a new range or training area is sited in accordance with current policy in regards to safety, design, construction costs and environmental considerations.

A Siting Board should ensure the optimal use of the training area and be convened when:

  • a new training area or live fire range facility is proposed; or
  • significant changes are proposed to an existing live fire facility or training area which might affect the operation of the facility.

Safety Board

The purpose of a Range Safety Board is to ensure that a range has been constructed in accordance with technical specifications, user requirements and that all safety measures are in place for its acceptance into service.

A Range Safety Board is to be convened when:

  • the establishment or construction of a range has been completed and prior to handover;
  • changes are proposed that alter the capability or intended use of the facility, particularly those that impact on Range Safety specifications (e.g. Range Danger Area Ballistic Protection);
  • Defence proposes to use an existing civilian range facility (they are to be considered as Defence ranges once certified); or
  • the proceedings of a previous Range Safety Board are not available.

Training Area Regulation and Policy - Confirm Range Siting Boards

  • Convening Authority, normally the Training Area Operational Authority (TAOA), appoints the Board President in writing and issues Terms of Reference for the conduct of the Board.
  • President assembles the Board.
  • The Board is conducted and findings/recommendations forwarded to Convening Authority.
  • Convening Authority endorses the Board's findings.
  • Convening Authority reviews findings and forwards recommendations to Confirming Authority.
  • Confirming Authority considers all aspects of findings and confirms findings to the Convening Authority and then Design and Construction may commence.

Training Area Regulation and Policy - Confirm Range Safety Boards

  • Training Area Operational Authority (TAOA) appoints a Board President and issues Terms of Reference for conduct of the Board
  • President assembles the Board.
  • The Board is conducted.
  • Confirming Authority endorses the Board's findings.
  • TAOA forwards the Board findings to DTARP for information only.
  • Where applicable a Range Inspector inspects facility and if approved issues on behalf of ASEP a Certificate of Range Safety Compliance.
  • The Range may now be used for live firing.