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Re: Are the NPS Rules Worth the Trouble?

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  • Craig Williams
    There are flesh-like coloured foam ear plugs available at some sporting stores and although the colour ain t perfect they are very hard to see from more than
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      There are flesh-like coloured foam ear plugs available at some sporting
      stores and although the colour ain't perfect they are very hard to see from
      more than ten feet. And for the record I personally don't have a prblem
      wearing plugs to fire artillery.
      -----Original Message-----
      From: David_Webb@... <David_Webb@...>
      To: WarOf1812@onelist.com <WarOf1812@onelist.com>
      Date: Friday, September 03, 1999 11:56 AM
      Subject: Re: [WarOf1812] Are the NPS Rules Worth the Trouble?


      >From: David_Webb@...
      >
      >I am sorry to hear that there are so many difficulties between the NPS and
      >reenactors. Perhaps part of the problem is with some sites and their
      historic
      >weapons supervisors. I know that Gerry Altoff and all of the staff at
      Perry's
      >Victory at Put-in-Bay have always been very reasonable, and indeed the very
      >models of hospitality. Setting up meetings to clear the air with the sites
      that
      >people wish to continue to support, might be an idea. It is also possible
      that
      >widely reported incidents like the one involving the French cavalry guy at
      >Gettysburg last year, have spooked senior management, and people are
      reacting to
      >this.
      > While hearing that Parks is nicer than the NPS flatters the smug Canadian
      >inside me, I'm not sure that it is true in all cases. I know that there
      are
      >Parks Canada event horror stories, and I am sure that Parks staff have
      horror
      >stories about reenactors. Sorting out conflicting goals, clarifying
      >expectations and ensuring ongoing communication are things that could help
      avoid
      >and resolve problems. If you have a lousy time at a site, or there are
      problems,
      >let them know. If you have questions about safety or other rules, raise
      the
      >matter constructively. If you are being jerked around, excercise your
      other
      >options.
      > As far as earplugs go, we have worn the disposible foam kind while firing
      >cannons in movies, and just daubed makeup on them. Louisbourg has some
      that you
      >can hear people talk, and they just block really loud noises. They are
      not
      >disposible, or inexpensive.
      > The use of most safety items, such as flashguards, hammerstalls,
      artillery
      >gloves and earplugs, is constantly questioned and debated. Some of the
      safety
      >items could actually constitute safety hazards. If the person tending the
      vent
      >on a cannon cannot hear that he or she has lost the seal, because they are
      >wearing earplugs, and the person sponge/ramming is similarily equipped,
      then
      >this is a real hazard. Every organization, or site has to make decisions,
      and
      >these should be based on reliable information. These decisions should
      continue
      >to be challenged, and those responsible should be asked to justify their
      rules
      >in a logical manner. No one is perfect, and we need to listen to one
      another
      >and learn from our experience. No individual or organisation has a
      monopoly on
      >expertise or safety.
      >--Dave Webb
      >
      >
      >
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