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October 2017 Law Enforcement Newsletter

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SIMULATION TRAINING, GUN RANGE DESIGN, EQUIPMENT AND INSTALLATION NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 2017

As IACP 2017 opens in Philadelphia, Meggitt addresses the next trends in effective law enforcement training: simulation portability and blending live fire with virtual scenarios

The 124th International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and Exposition will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, a short walk from Independence Hall. Appropriately, it was there 230 years ago that the framers of the Constitution instilled the rule of law as a guiding principle of a young nation. Today, America’s police officers, as well as many more around the world, dedicate themselves to remaining within constitutional frameworks, while enforcing the legal protections of citizens. They must do so at a challenging time when split-second decisions for use of force are routinely required.

When IACP opens on October 21, thousands of dedicated professionals from federal, state, county, local and tribal agencies will be looking for better ways to “serve and protect.” Training solutions that provide a necessary edge should be more important than ever.

Meggitt continues to push the envelope. As the only company that combines virtual and live-fire solutions, Meggitt has been in a unique position to advance law enforcement training. We also supplement our independent research and development with voice-of-customer experience around the world. As a result, we can expedite development of new solutions that address emerging needs. Each of these breakthroughs rests on a proven technological evolution based on extensive testing.

In fact, IACP this year will mark the debut of two all-new products: the FATS® 100P portable virtual training system and the Live-Fire Screen. We invite you to booth 1909 to see both game-changers in law enforcement training.

The new FATS 100P portable virtual training system: Full-function simulated training you can take with you.

Imagine a lightweight, virtual training system that fits into a carrying case the size of a range bag, yet has all the features and functions you expect from FATS technology. That’s the new FATS 100P, whose compact portability lends itself to unprecedented applications. Share simulation resources across multiple locations, saving money associated with individual training facilities. Hold outreach events that show the stresses of patrolling to activists and other members of the public. Conduct media relations in newsrooms or educational events in schools. Or simply bring top-quality, robust training closer to the field as needed.

Whatever the application, the FATS 100P virtual training system delivers the advanced functionality for both instructor and trainee previously seen only in much larger systems:

  • Solid weapon handling
  • Shot placement analytics
  • Marksmanship automatic coaching tools
  • Enhanced graphic capabilities for an all-encompassing immersive
  • training platform

Facilitating use-of-force training. Most departments and agencies would like to increase use-of-force training, but they can be hampered by logistical requirements. With the FATS 100P, one officer can transport and set up crucial judgmental training anytime, anywhere.

The FATS 100P employs Meggitt’s proven high-definition video scenarios to produce dynamic escalation and de-escalation for use-of-force training. This simulation demands that the trainee survey and react to verbal cues, facial expressions and overall body language to assess a situation and interact with individuals using proper verbal commands and perishable skills training. Each scenario incorporates whole-task training that facilitates the transfer of skills learned during simulation into real-world situations.

The FATS 100P allows up to six weapon simulators used simultaneously, and comes with more than 250 video scenarios and 1,250 branching options. In conjunction with the scenarios, integrated video authoring allows the instructor to create, edit, score, load and run customer videos locally filmed in familiar locations.

During after-action review, the instructor and trainee can analyze the latter’s actions and discuss proper technique and procedure. Using the feedback, the instructor can identify problematic areas and develop a personalized training plan. Though the FATS 100P is lightweight, the training can still be thorough and memorable.

The new Live-Fire Screen: Blending live fire with hundreds of video scenarios.

Meggitt’s Live-Fire Screen inaugurates a new era of realism in law enforcement training. For the first time, your officers can train on the FATS 100LE or 100MIL virtual training system in a live-fire range using real ammunition. The most advanced device of its kind on the market, the Live-Fire Screen integrates directly into the FATS 100LE or 100MIL with the same software and 16:9 aspect ratio courseware used with Meggitt’s patented BlueFire® wireless weapons.

In fact, while screen integrity is important to display a better picture for the trainee, the material is not required to detect projectiles passing through. The system’s technology provides accurate placement of target hits. The self-healing screen is designed to withstand up to 50,000 rounds (+/-920 shots/sq. ft.) over the entire surface area from a variety of weapons before replacement is necessary.

A lightweight system with powerful hit-detection technology. The logistically simple Live-Fire Screen system includes a sensing bar, rubber screen and deflector assemblies. The sensing bar cameras interface directly with the FATS system and this simplicity empowers the most advanced hit detection in the industry. The Live-Fire Screen’s technology determines the position of a hit, allowing a much shorter time between shots. In fact, we can quantify the delivery of two successive shots faster than any other screen available. Our microphone-based systems require approximately 50ms (due to the slower speed of sound compared to speed of light), while thermal-based systems require more than 500ms. Hit location accuracy is +/-0.5” across the entire screen with extreme accuracy in the center. The screen can be used with a variety of live-fire weapons, from revolvers to sub-machine guns for a full range of training.

Meeting in the historic city of Philadelphia, ICAP comes at an important time for law enforcement in general and training in particular. The FATS 100P and Live-Fire Screen demonstrate Meggitt’s continuing commitment to make that training even more accessible and realistic.

To see these and other products, or to speak with a Meggitt representative during IACP 2017, October 21 through 24 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, visit booth 1909 or schedule an appointment at our IACP Appointment Page.

 

 

Practical information on designing your range

SEVEN PITFALLS TO AVOID WHEN BUILDING YOUR RANGE FACILITY

Are you protecting yourself, your employees and your customers from Lead Exposure?

For years, many shooting ranges were not aware of the concerns about excessive exposure to lead. After multiple studies and testing, lead problems are now identifiable and easier to combat. Lead can be a silent killer. It builds up in your body's organs and bones, causing permanent, irreversible damage to your body. In most cases, it is not the shooters that are at risk, but rather the employees that are exposed day-in and day-out to excess levels of lead in a range facility. Proper range ventilation system are necessary. The biggest dangers of lead exposure are to the people handling the lead cleanup or general range cleanup and maintenance duties.

Whether your range operation is a private, commercial, law enforcement or military type facility, your employees are covered under various laws and regulations that dictate how you need to handle lead-related safety measures. It is not acceptable to just supply a cleanup suit and protection mask for the person that cleans up lead materials from the range. You are required to keep records of tests (air quality and personnel blood/lead levels), provide training sessions, ensure the proper air supply mask fits correctly, and document the amount and disposition of the lead generated and recovered from the range. Some lead is recyclable (from commercial bullet traps and indoor range cleanups), while other lead contaminates are not [from sand berms, filters, air and water], contaminated ranges, etc. All lead must be quantified and disposed of in a safe and responsible manner. But what steps do you need to take?

What do I do next? Guidelines for the Range Operator.

  • Under NIOSH, OSHA and EPA standards, lead is classified as a highly toxic heavy metal.
  • Develop air quality records to monitor the safety of your range.
  • Conduct lead safety training programs for your team.
  • Teach employees the proper way to handle lead and what to do with the collected lead.
  • Create training records as proof you’re providing a safe working environment for your employees.
  • Offer the proper safety equipment, supplies and direction on how to use these items.
  • Provide a changing area and shower facility to allow your employees to thoroughly wash after exposure.

Additional References Available Online
To safely operate your range, you should check with local authorities and government agencies to ensure you are up-to-date on current regulations for your area. Additional range design resources are available, and a few areas to explore include:

CDC – Indoor Firing Ranges
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ranges/

Firing Range – Whole Building Design Guide
http://www.wbdg.org/design/firing_range.php

NRA Shooting Range Services
http://rangeservices.nra.org/ http://www.nraonlinetraining.org/mod/page/view.php?id=17

 

 

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Q. I’m building a gun range but don’t know what type of material to use for the floor. Any suggestions?

A. The most suitable type of flooring for the range is a smooth, non-absorptive hardened concrete floor from the firing line to the bullet trap. The floor will take a lot of low shots, so a smooth floor results in less erratic ricochets. The firing line and the area behind it are typically covered with vinyl or rubber flooring. Due to environmental considerations, floor drains require filtering systems to collect range contaminates. These systems are typically expensive, so the vast majority of range planners today exclude floor drains and sloped floors from their design. 


Q. What is the industry standard for the length of a gun range?

A. The majority of indoor shooting activities can be conducted on a range that provides 50 or 75 feet between the firing line and the target line. For law enforcement/security training, a 75-foot range is typically mandatory and may extend to 150-feet for longer target distance applications.

 

 

If shooters are allowed to advance downrange beyond the primary firing line, Combat Walls should be installed for the side-walls of the range. Using the proven design of air-space baffles, a misdirected round impacting the Combat Wall will be safely contained or redirected towards the bullet trap.

The walls, ceiling, and floor surfaces within twenty feet of the bullet trap receive most misdirected shots and should not receive acoustical treatment due to the high frequency of repair that would be required. Any surface downrange of the firing line that does receive acoustical material should have an air-space between the hard and soft surfaces, even if it’s just the thickness of furring strips.

 

 

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IACP 2017
October 21-24, 2017
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Philadelphia, PA
Booth #1909
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SHOT SHOW 2018
January 23 - 26, 2018
Sands Expo Center
Las Vegas, Nevada
Booth# 12267
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AACOP Winter Conference
Feb. 26 - Mar. 1, 2018
Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center
Montgomery, Alabama
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California Police Chiefs Annual Conference
Mar. 18 - 22, 2018
The Westin Long Beach
Long Beach, California
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ILEETA 2018
Mar. 19 - 24, 2018
The St. Louis Union Station Hotel
St. Louis, Missouri
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This newsletter covers just a few of the ways that Meggitt’s simulation and live fire products are improving training for law officers and commercial gun ranges around the world. In upcoming newsletters, we’ll introduce you to new technologies and products. For more information, contact MGTTS-LESales@meggitt.com.

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