Safety Training

A Message about Safety

Safety awareness is an integral part of everything Canadian Rangers and Junior Canadian Rangers do – from building shelters out on the land, to fishing and hunting, to travelling on the land or water in snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, canoes or motor boats..

Canadian Rangers and Junior Canadian Rangers are leaders and must set the example, whether on the land, the water or in the community.

Safety is part of everything we do, whether at JCR activities orI in our personal activities; we wear life jackets if we are on the water; we tell someone responsible when we go on the land; and we look after each other when we are out there. We also consider camp safety as well as home safety. Further, we do not cloud our thoughts and actions through the misuse of drugs and alcohol. Living in the north has many benefits; it also has many risks. As Canadian Rangers and Junior Canadian Rangers we must be mindful of those risks and ensure that we accomplish our tasks in a safe and responsible manner.

Red Whistle Program

Canadian Rangers and Junior Canadian Rangers in Ontario now wear bright red whistles attached to their clothing and/or equipment to use in case of emergency while out on the land or in the wilderness. More than 15,000 red whistles were distributed during the year 2000 to Junior Canadian Rangers, their instructors and leaders, and their Canadian Ranger counterparts in the province of Ontario.

This worthwhile initiative came from 3 CRPG (Ontario) as a way to commemorate the millennium and help promote safety awareness at the same time. The theme of "wear the whistle" was heavily promoted along with the Youth Wilderness Safety Program. The idea behind the project is that blowing the whistle can bring help in order to save lives and reduce injuries.

The red whistle is a Fox Forty whistle with a split ring, emblazoned with the Canadian Rangers crest. A 7-minute promotional video and poster featuring "Polar Pete" also accompanied the whistles as they made their way to all patrols throughout Canada. The cost of purchasing and distributing the whistles was covered by a grant from the Government of Canada through its Youth Employment Strategy program.

Firearm Safety

All Junior Canadian Rangers and Rangers receive training in the safe handling and firing of their respective firearms and weapons. The importance of safety (including the wearing of safety glasses and ear defenders) is stressed at all times and members are not permitted to use the firearms until they have demonstrated sufficient awareness of the four vital acts of firearm safety.

The four vital ACTS of firearm safety are as follows:

  • A – assume every rifle is loaded;
  • C – control the muzzle direction at all times (point it down the range);
  • T – trigger finger … keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard;
  • S – see that the rifle is unloaded.

Rangers and Junior Canadian Rangers are also required to PROVE that they can safely handle a firearm by:

  • P – point rifle in the safest possible direction (down range);
  • R – remove all pellets (unload);
  • O – observe the chamber (make sure it's empty);
  • V – verify the feed path;
  • E – examine the bore.

All marksmanship activity occurs under the watchful eye of a specially trained, experienced, Range Safety Officer and his/her staff.

Screening and Supervision

Supervision is another important part of the Junior Canadian Ranger Program. An experienced Canadian Ranger supervises all JCR activities with the assistance of qualified and pre-screened members of the local community.

Junior Canadian Rangers (JCR) instructors are specially selected by the Adult Committee based on their experience, qualifications, reputation in the local community and must complete a criminal records check and vulnerable sector screening.

Once approved by the Adult Committee, potential adult volunteers, instructors and leaders receive specific training in terms of how to interact with youth and what is appropriate behaviour in terms of the conduct of the Junior Canadian Ranger Program. Their involvement with the youth is closely monitored at all times.

Safety is stressed at all times and extra precautions are taken when the Junior Canadian Rangers venture outside of the classroom into the outdoors.

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