Safety

I. Weapon Safety Inspections:

A.) Before all events the following items will be checked by the Division Safety Officer; any that are found unacceptable will cause that firearm to be rejected as unsafe and will not be allowed on the field of battle until the condition has been corrected and passed:

1.) The weapon must have been test fired before it can be used at an event.

2.) Suppressors/Blank Adapter checked for fit and wear.

3.) Trigger pull and bolt action check.

4.) Check of all ammunition for type and content, being sure that all ammunition is of a safe blank type and that weapons are properly fitted with devices like Blank Adapters where needed.

B.) The firearm must be clean and in good working order at all times.

C.)  Members under that age of 18 years of age.

1.) Persons 14 to 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian present in the event of an accident:

a.) A guardian might be a Division Commander or division member who is over the age of 25 who has been given a release form by the parents of the minor to make medical decisions in the event of an accident.

b.) Such a release form should include information regarding the minor’s medications or allergies or various other persistent medical conditions. Persons under 16 years of age entering a battlefield area shall fall under these same rules but in addition they shall be in the battlefield area without weapons, for a specific purpose, and under the direct guidance of their parent or guardian at all times.

c.) Age issues will be dealt with at the time of Safety Inspections, by the Safety Officer or a member of the Command Staff.

II. Battlefield Rules:

A.) Absolutely NO LIVE AMMUNITION will be brought to any Event. This applies to ammunition brought to sell, trade or display. Under no circumstances shall anything other than approved blank ammunition of the crimped closure type is be used.

1.) No weapon shall be discharged directly at an individual at less than twenty (20) yards.

2.) Affixed bayonets are forbidden at all times.

3.) All motor vehicles must be driven by a licensed driver in a safe and sensible manner.

4.)  No one is to ride on or outside of a vehicle unless they are a bona fide member of the crew of that vehicle or have been given permission to do so by the owners of said vehicle. Absolutely NO ignitable devices are to be thrown or projected at or near any motor vehicle.

B.) All federal, state, and local ordinances not specifically mentioned will be obeyed at all times.

C.) When conducting activities in or around historic buildings or structures the following should be adhered to:

1.) Do everything possible not to damage the structure, be aware of delicate furnishings, wood finishes, glass and so on.

2.) No large bore weapons or pyrotechnic devices should be used in an historic structure.

3.) Large bore weapons should not be fired at, from within, or even near an historic structure.

4.) Historic structures can only be used with the express permission of the owner and upon leaving they should be cleaned and returned to a condition as good or better than before the use occurred.

III.  Public Demonstrations:

1.) Displays and battles where nonreenactors might attend either formally or informally as individuals (the general public) or as a group or history enthusiasts.

2.) Under no circumstances shall firearms be loaded with any type of ammunition while in the presence of the public.

3.) Under no circumstances shall the public be allowed to handle ammunition or weapons:

a.) The public shall not be allowed to handle edged weapons.

b.) Discharge of weapons as part of a demonstration shall take place in a controlled situation and area that isolates and protects all participants and spectators.

c.) Bayonets will only be drawn as part of a controlled prescheduled demonstration and then only at the command of the Division Commander and under the guidance of the on divison safety officer.

1.) An approved demonstration would be to show bayonet drill or bayonet practice on a dummy.

2.) Mock hand to hand combat with a steel weapon is forbidden!  This rule also applies to all other edged weapons.

3.) All firearms, ammunition and edged weapons not in the direct control and possession of their owner shall be stored in a safe, secure manner that is inaccessible to unauthorized personnel. Firearms and blank ammunition shall be stored in separate locations.

4.) Battles, where an opposing force advances toward the public may not fire in the public’s direction, except when the opposing line is between the attackers and the spectator line. At that time, the defending force (those with their backs to the public) must be at least fifty (50) feet from the spectators. Those firing in the direction of the spectators must be at least one hundred and fifty (150) feet from the spectators and be aiming fifteen (15) feet in front of the opposing enemy target, and at an oblique.

IV.  Camp Safety:

A.) The use of common sense while setting up, starting and maintaining cook fires and stoves, participating in the overall encampment, and dismantling the camp, will reduce the number of hazards and accidents.  MOST ACCIDENTS OCCURR IN CAMP.

B.)  Camp Fires:

1.) All fires will be enclosed in proper stoves, fire pits, steel plate. or fire boxes not to exceed an area of four (4) feet in diameter.  All flammable material such as limbs, leaves, and so on shall be cleared from the fire area for a distance of four (4) feet in all directions.

2.) Fires shall not be left unattended in camp areas at any time and must be attended by an adult.

3.) No fuels other than wood should be used for open fires in consideration of safety and site integrity.  Authentic stoves may use fuels other than wood, but all coal or other refuse should be taken home by those using stoves. We should not pollute the site.

4.) The area surrounding the fire pits or stoves shall be attended by an adult reenactor to prohibit direct contact of the fire with any member of the general public or reenactor children.

5.) Open fires or stoves of questionable quality must be extinguished before turning in for the evening.

6.) No bonfires are allowed.

7.) The hours of burning and the size and placement of fires shall be in accordance with local and state regulations and shall be regulated by the Provost Marshal or host or both.

8.) Fires must be no closer than five (5) feet to a cook fly, and twenty (20) feet away from tents.

9.) A bucket of water must be at each fire pit.

10.) Children must not be allowed to tend fires without close adult supervision; no playing around fire pits or stoves.

11.) At the end of its’ use, fire pits must be drenched in water, stirred, and drenched again, replacing the sod and re-leveling the ground to its’ former appearance.

C.) NO GARBAGE MAY BE BURNED IN A FIRE PIT OR BURIED IN A FIRE PIT AT THE END OF AN EVENT.

D.) Axes and hatchets (bladed tools) must not be left around camp fires, wood piles, or in walk way areas, but rather they must be sheathed and put in a secured area such as a tent, vehicle, or chest.4.

V.  Evening Lighting:

A.) Period style candle, gas, kerosene or other lamps may be used but they must completely enclose the flame on four sides with glass or other flame resistant materials to prevent the flame from having contact with tents or other materials.

B.) All lanterns should be placed at a safe distance from flammable articles such as tents, and clothing.

C.) Smoking:

1.) Smoking is to be prohibited in tents.

2.) Smoking shall not be allowed within fifty (50) feet of any ammunition storage area.

VI. Public Safety:

A.) Camps must be neat and well organized with clear walkways through and around the camps.

B.) Camp fires and stoves must always be attended by an alert adult that will keep spectators a safe distance from the fires.

C.) Cook fires must always be a bed of coals or of practical size. Bonfires are not allowed.

Join Up:

If you are already a member of  another reenacting group and are looking to make a change, great!   Take a look at the Uniform Requirements page and figure out  which impression you’d like to portray: Heer or Luftwaffe. We also have specialty impressions, within both them, it’s all up to you.

Contact the Division Commander, for more information or join and he will help you get uniformed and equipped to the Division’s standards.

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