Action Target believes only the best of everything should be associated with all we do. One example of our continuous search for the best is our partnership with Carey’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. After extensive review, we have aligned ourselves with Carey’s to use their heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems in order to provide our indoor range customers with the safest air conditions in the world. Action Target feels it is important for our readers to know more about Carey’s and the integral role they play in the industry. They are not only another provider of air flow products, Carey’s has been an innovator and pioneer with their systems. This article provided by Carey’s below is a little insight into the company. After reading, it will be clear to see why Action Target recommends their systems for our indoor projects.
Carey’s Heating and Air Conditioning has been developing, designing and installing successful Indoor Range projects for over 15 years. They have specialized their designs in the control of contaminants created by indoor ranges and are currently known as a National leader in the field. They have worked with the United States Navy to develop the current range ventilation standards as described in the Unified Force Criteria. Carey’s wrote the ventilation standards for Region #5 of the GSA, edited the standards for the United States Air Force as published in the ETL, and have been consultants for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (Department of Homeland Security) and FBI. With that background, it is safe to say Carey’s Heating and Air Conditioning is the leader in contained range ventilation and the Subject Matter Expert.
There are three purposes for properly ventilating indoor small arms ranges:
1. Remove air-borne contaminates from human respiration created by the firing of a gun in an enclosed range. These include lead, other heavy metals and carbon monoxide. Left unaddressed, OSHA levels for safe operation are quickly surpassed.
2. Maintain a negative range pressure to the surrounding areas of the building. This keeps contaminates created in the range from entering adjoining areas. Heavy metals such as lead that are allowed to enter into non-range spaces can cause levels above OSHA allowable limits for surface contaminations. These high levels are unsafe due to the chance of ingestion.
3. Remove smoke from the range for proper vision of the targets.
The design, installation and commissioning of the range ventilation system can be the difference between an unsafe range and a range that meets the OSHA, EPA and NIOSH standards. The critical components are custom fabricated in Carey’s facility and are the summation of the lessons learned from the completion of hundreds of prior range ventilation projects.
Specifically, the radial air diffusers and plenums are custom built and have been tested to provide laminar air flow at the firing line after proper commissioning. “Laminar” flow is a steady, even airflow required to safely clear contaminate from the respiratory zone of the users of the range. These special diffusers are not available from a standard diffuser supplier. The control system and programming uses standard parts from Johnson Control, but the programming of the equipment is critical. The programming is done by an experienced programmer who has worked on all of the ranges that Carey’s has completed. It is also critical to have the control system installed and tested to automatically shut down if unsafe conditions are detected. This will protect both the occupants of the range and the adjoining areas.
The on site supervision provided by Carey’s Heating & Air Conditioning is necessary to ensure guaranteed results in meeting these standards. If the project does not have the proper oversight, it can result in unsatisfactory results and finger pointing. Unlike a standard ventilation project where the system is installed and the air test and balancer sets the design air flow at each system outlet, a range ventilation system is designed for proper air flow at the firing line that is ten to fifteen feet from the distribution point. It must be the designer’s responsibility. An installing contractor can only install the project as shown on the drawings and control the air flow to the distribution device.
Due to the potential of over exposure to carbon monoxide, lead and other heavy metals on the range as well as the potential to contaminate adjoining areas with surface contaminates, the only way to guarantee performance is to have the system installation and design managed by someone with the experience to see potential problems with the installation. The site reviews also look at the building construction to identify potential problems such as a breach in the range walls that could present problems for the end users.
Carey’s Heating and Air Conditioning has completed hundreds of range ventilation projects at facilities that have met all of the required standards, including projects for the US Navy, Air Force, US Marshals, Police / Sheriff Departments and private / commercial ranges.
- Pasadena Police Department – Pasadena, CA
- Milwaukee County Sheriff Department – Franklin WI
- Matteson Police Department – Matteson, IL
- Lake Forest Police Department, Lake Forest, IL
- Great Lakes Naval Base – Great Lakes, IL
- Oak Creek Police Department, Oak Creek, IL
- Greenfield Police Department, Greenfield, WI
- Unites States Air Force Reserves – Milwaukee, WI
- Council Bluffs Police Department – Council Bluffs, IO
- Boulder Police Department – Boulder, CO
- Coronado Naval Base – San Diego, CA
- San Diego Naval Base – San Diego, CA
- Bangor Submarine Base – Silverdale, WA
- Annapolis Naval Academy – Annapolis, MD
- Patuxcent River Naval Base – Patuxcent River, MD
- Annapolis Naval Academy – Annapolis, MD
- Quantico Marine Base – Quantico, VA
- Little Creek Naval Base, Virginia Beach, VA
- Dam Neck Seal Base, Virginia Beach, VA
- Portsmouth Ship Yard, Portsmouth, VA
- New Orleans Naval Air Station, New Orleans, LA
- Northeast Texas Community College, Texas
- Newport Naval Base, Newport, RI
- Middletown Police Department, Langhorne, PA
- Sherwood Police Department, Sherwood, OR
- Aviano NATO Base, Aviano, Italy
- Sigonella Naval Air Station, Sigonella, Sicily
- Gibraltar Training Range, Gibraltar, Great Brittan
- Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Pearl Harbor, HI
- Federal Reserve Bank – St. Louis, MO
- Eagleton Courthouse, St. Louis, MO
- Kansas City Police Department, Kansas City, MO
- Montgomery County Police Department, Conshohocken, PA
The management team assigned to any range project are key personnel at Carey’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. and will ensure its successful and professional completion within the parameters previously established.
The Carey’s team consists of the following:
- Bill Provencher: President and CEO – oversees all aspects of project
- Pat Tovey: Secretary Treasure and CFO – responsible all material acquisition, contracts and project coordination.
- Jim Provencher: Vice President – responsible for all custom material fabrication and delivery.
- Jim McKay: Control Manager – Designs, supervises the assembly and start up of the range control system. Commissions the systems.
- Kristofer Williams: Engineer – Designs equipment and distribution system for the range ventilation.
The team of professionals that Carey’s brings to this project are among the most knowledgeable and complete authorities in the range ventilation field.
Carey’s is the only range ventilation supplier that has a 24 hour, seven day per week response center that can support and troubleshoot the range ventilation system though the direct digital control system. Their level of commitment to ensuring that our range is fully operational and functioning is extraordinary. Roselle is confident that no other company in the industry is capable of providing this degree of service and maintenance.
Experience of Contractor Personnel
Carey’s personnel have 13 years of experience installing ranges. In addition to seasoned employees and industry leading partners, Carey’s has extensive sub-contractor relationships with all the disciplines of range construction. Carey’s success in hiring experienced, professional employees, partners and sub-contractors is evidenced by their track record in building some of the most advanced, complex, state-of-the-art firearms training facilities in the world.
Carey’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. has been an innovative force in range ventilation design for over 15 years.
If you would like more information on Carey’s products, indoor ranges, ventilation or have other questions, please contact the Territory Manager for your area.