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Qualification Procedures
with  ammunition  must  have  a  full  awareness  of  their responsibility. Immediately  report  all  fires  starting  near ammunition or explosives. Begin fighting the fire with all  available  means  and  without  awaiting  specific instructions. If the fire involves explosive material or if it  is  supplying  heat  to  explosives,  evacuate  personnel  in the area and seek safety. Also evacuate personnel if a fire is so large that you cannot extinguish it with the equipment    available. Personnel  engaged  in  fighting  fires  involving explosives  and  ammunition  should  seek  available  cover. Do  not  expose  yourself  unnecessarily  to  intense  heat, flying  fragments,  or  possible  explosions. Fire  Hazard  and  Fire-Fighting  Indoctrination Make sure all personnel, supervisory or otherwise, receive indoctrination about, and become thoroughly familiar  with,  fire  hazards  and  fire-fighting  equipment. They must be familiar with the safety practices of the operations for which they are responsible. They must be familiar with the fire bill provisions, both general and local, that apply to their operation. They must know the actions to take if a fire emergency develops. Fire Watch Responsibilities You must make sure that a qualified fire watch, adequately prepared and equipped, is standing by during the  following  evolutions: Maintenance and repair work involving open flames or heat-producing devices near or within an area where personnel store, process, or handle explosives Disposal   operations Fire Hazard Inspections Fire  hazard  inspections  conducted  periodically  are an  important  part  of  fire  prevention.  You  should regularly inspect, preferably monthly, all areas and buildings of an ammunition activity. Common causes of fire and fire violations include, but are not limited to the following: Excessive  amounts  of  combustible,  explosive,  or otherwise  dangerous  materials Hazardous  conditions  arising  from  defective  or improperly  installed  equipment  and  machinery used  for  processing  or  handling  ammunition  or explosives Dangerous  accumulations  of  rubbish,  waste paper,  boxes,  and  shavings Improper  storage  of  materials Obstructions interfering with the use of fire exits, fire doors, or fire-fighting equipment Insufficient,  inoperative,  or  poorly  maintained fire-fighting   equipment Uncontrolled   vegetation   growing   around buildings  and  magazines Evidence of violations of smoking regulations or the  use  or  possession  of  matches,  cigarette lighters,  or  other  prohibited  articles Missing or improperly posted fire bills Unauthorized use of heat- or flame-producing devices  or  equipment  in  restricted  areas Smoking  Regulations Personnel  must  not  smoke  in  areas  containing ammunition,   explosives,   or   any   other   hazardous materials.   You   should   conspicuously   display   NO SMOKING signs where smoking is prohibited. The commanding  officer  may  appoint  certain  smoking  areas within  restricted  areas. Housekeeping An essential element of any fire prevention effort is good  housekeeping.  Accumulations  of  explosive  dust, combustible scrap, and flammable residue are primary sources  of  destructive  fires.  Keep  areas  clean  and orderly to reduce fire hazards. Do not allow rubbish and trash to gather. Stack combustible material in an orderly manner to prevent toppling or collapsing of stacks. EXPLOSIVES HANDLING PERSONNEL QUALIFICATION  AND CERTIFICATION  PROGRAM The intent of the Explosives Handling Personnel Qualification and Certification Program is to make sure you  qualify  and  certify  personnel  before  they  perform any  task  involving  explosive  devices.  This  program concerns  everyone  involved  in  the  handling,  prepara- tion, inspection, or adjustment of live ammunition. 9-7

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