WRRC Range Safety Officer Program
Our Bylaws state that the primary mission of WRRC is to "...encourage civilian marksmanship both locally and nationally in order that it may be enjoyed as a sport... and to train the youth of this country in marksmanship and the proper handling of firearms." It is the Board of Trustees’ belief that the safe handling of firearms is paramount to our members’ success as marksmen (and women), which is why our revamped Range Safety Officer Program (RSO program) focuses so much on firearms safety: it is the foundation that must be learned before any other skills can be acquired.
As someone who is considering volunteering to be a WRRC RSO (or for those who already are), I would ask you to think back to your earliest memories of handling or shooting firearms. Most likely there was excitement, nervousness, and if we are honest with ourselves, some degree of apprehension and fear. Whether a member is new to shooting, or has many years of experience, when fear, nervousness, and/or a cavalier attitude toward firearms safety are present, they can create additional risks to our members and to the club itself. As an RSO you will help the members of this club learn and demonstrate proper firearms safety. It is the duty of an RSO to handle a wide variety of situations at the range with calm, knowledgeable authority. This is not always an easy task, and in some cases our own biases can prevent us from seeing an issue clearly. For example, an effective RSO must be able to distinguish between a member who is willfully ignoring WRRC Range Rules and may need to have their membership revoked for the safety of themselves and others, or just a new shooter who made a mistake and is willing to learn from it and correct the behavior.
As an RSO you will be the face of WRRC while you are at the range. During your RSO training you will learn the reasoning behind the WRRC Range Rules and Safety/Emergency Procedures, receive training on how to best approach common scenarios you will encounter at the range, learn how to address safety concerns without escalating a situation, and much more that will help you help us keep our range running smoothly and safely. The members of the Board thank you for your commitment to safety and to this organization.
WRRC Club President
Safety is Paramount. Keep WRRC Safe.
- Always treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
- Keep your finger straight an off of the trigger until your sights are on the target.
- Never point the muzzle of your firearm at anything that you are not willing to shoot.
- Know your target and what lies beyond it.
What is the Wenatchee Rifle and Revolver Club Range Safety Officer Program (WRRC RSO Program)?
Range Safety Officers are:
- Member Volunteers who take Firearms Safety seriously
- Individuals with a patient demeanor who are good at talking to people.
- Individuals who have a real passion for all aspects of shooting
- Individuals who believe that Firearms Safety is something that can always be improved.
Range Safety Officers are NOT:
- Individuals who believe their way is always the right way.
- Individuals who think being and RSO makes them incapable of being a mistake.
- Individuals who think it is possible to know everything.