The ProRanger Philadelphia program is an academic, technical skills training, and internship program that is cooperatively administered by the National Park Service and Temple University. The program was established to recruit, train and employ law enforcement park rangers for the National Park Service.
Students take coursework during the academic year at Temple University and participate in internships at National Park Service sites during the summer. Follow their experiences here.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
SLETP 13-05 Firearms Training
We completed our two weeks of extreme firearms training. Our instructors were NPS Ranger Ambrose (ret.), Sgt. Carey,
NPS Ranger Lippert (ret.), Special Agent Madarang and Officer Murray.We had surprise visits from Dr. Luongo, NER Chief
Clark, Special Agent Pascale and ProRanger Manager Krug.
The weather was hot and some days the temperature went up to
100 degrees.The class kept a positive
attitude and displayed determination to learn vital skills that we will need
for our future careers as law enforcement rangers working for the National Park
We learned about off range firearms safety, post shooting
procedures, rules and regulations.We
went through a semiautomatic pistol course, reduced light, shotgun course and a
rifle course.An interesting section
that we did was a down/disabled officer course and we shot the pistol in
positions from which I never thought an officer could accurately shoot.The class also went through various
interactive drills with firearms and it was rewarding to witness how our skills
developed from the first day we started with firearms.
These past two weeks were intense.Even though we now have firearms using skills,
the instructors assured us that these are skills that will be lost if we do not
keep practicing.Thanks to the
instructors for putting the time and passion into our class and providing us
with the ability to become successful park rangers.