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|As we go to press
with this issue of Facility Manager, we’re just a week away from Christmas.
It’s a time to gather with friends and family, a time to reflect on the
blessings, and the relative peace and joy that most of us are so fortunate
to have in our lives. September 11 seems to be receding—a little bit,
anyway—into the background of most people’s lives.
This is not so true, however, for those of you who have the responsibility of ensuring the safety of the public who come to your facilities. The aftermath of September 11 is only too real. Safety and security at public assembly facilities is uppermost in most minds.
This topic was covered from every conceivable angle at IAAM’s recent International Crowd Management Conference (ICMC) held in San Diego in late November. ICMC Chair Larry Perkins with the Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena was able to quickly and very successfully revamp the programming for the conference after the tragic events of September 11. A whole day was added with presentations by Major General John Doesburg on terrorism; major league sports security personnel on what they’re doing to enhance security; and 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics plans.
Attendees were able to compare notes about how to enhance the security measures they’ve been implementing at their facilities, or learn new ways of ensuring the safety of their patrons. Even standard fare like queue lines took on a new, post 9/11, meaning. And, don’t miss the article on how to protect your facility’s life safety systems, especially in the event there is a terrorist attack on your facility.
The Safety and Security Task Force that
President Lionel Dubay appointed in early October met while at the ICMC for
their first working meeting.
The topic of safety and security at public events was of paramount interest to everyone. It is all covered right here in this issue.
International Association of Assembly Managers