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Large Venue Show Incidents
The Final Curtain Call
When we buy tickets for an event,
the last thing we want to think about is
a catastrophic event occurring during
the performance. But we need to be
prepared. At any venue, especially one
unfamiliar to you, keep your situational
awareness and constantly be aware of
If you’re in charge of your department’s
preplans, the above outline will help you
start the process for your local venue.
Visit the venue, and get to know the
contact person—the fair board, the event
coordinator, or the security manager.
Ensure the venue is aware of your local
permit and inspection process. Be strict
and aggressive, but also maintain a
friendly relationship between your fire
department and the venue’s management. The economic impact the venue
has on your municipality is exponential.
Don’t force the business away, but don’t
let it slide by on the law. Maintain the
trust with the venue, and it will respect
your decision making.
As you preplan, build your IAP, and
execute tabletop scenarios at the venue; consider all of the worst-case scenarios. Plan for a building fire, a plague,
and an active shooter incident. But also
consider inclement weather—severe
storms or dangerous temperatures.
Include fire, EMS, law enforcement,
public information officers, and the production and venue management teams
in your tabletops. This will help with
the unified command structure during
In your IAP, consider the spe-
cial resources you may need in your
response. Consider the uniqueness of
stage incidents as opposed to typical
rescue incidents, such as motor vehicle
crashes and low-angle slope evacua-
tion rope rescues. Stage incidents have
the potential to involve more weight,
trusses, high-voltage electricity, and
a greater potential for more victim
entrapment than the typical rescue call.
You may consider including multiple
heavy rescue squads, urban search and
rescue resources, and heavy wreckers
EMS mass casualty incident (MCI),
follow your local MCI protocol, and
know from where your resources will
be coming. Predetermine staging areas
for responding crews. Stick to your IAP
Contact the event coordinator or the
marketing manager at your local venue
to preplan the facility and also to arrange
for your presence when the next production is loading in. This will allow you
and your crews to get a glimpse at what
would be happening inside before it is
filled to capacity.
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KYLE SIMOK is a firefighter and emergency
medical technician in northwestern Ohio and
a theatrical lighting designer. He is also a
fire instructor at a local community college,
an American Heart Association basic life
support instructor, a freelance lighting
designer, a stage rigging specialist, and a