With an influx of major event tragedies over the past few years, it is critical that event managers & planners secure proficient & well-trained security officers who have experience in specific tactics such as risk management, first aid, and crowd control.Events Security Cape Town
Event security officers must be able to maintain and manage large crowds, an already challenging task that is exacerbated when alcohol is served on-site. An experienced security team must be able to handle situations discreetly and quickly so the rest of the attendees continue to enjoy the event.
In this article, we will discuss 4 key factors that are essential for running a successful special event security & safety plan.
Choosing a Security Company
When contracting an event security services company, first and foremost, you need to make sure that the company is operating in accordance with all regulations within the state where the event is being held. The company must also employ officers who hold a valid PSIRA certificate and have passed a thorough background check.
After it is confirmed that a security company is operating in accordance with state regulations, we recommend looking at the types of events and properties the company has provided security for in the past. Asking for referrals is a great way to gauge the level of service that you will receive.
Plus, it’s a bonus if the guards who are hired are First Aid and CPR certified. It is common to see dehydration, heatstroke, and victims passing out at large music festival style events. Having a security officer equipped to deal with basic medical needs will help to ensure attendees are getting attention immediately.
Pre-Event Venue Inspection
Event venues are often large spaces with different alcoves throughout, perfect spots for potential security threats. A pre-event venue inspection checklist is important for security staff to familiarize themselves with space they will be working.
During the pre-event inspection, event-planners and their security team should determine all security check-points, officer posts, points of concern, and any other special requirements for that specific venue and event. By doing the walk-throughs together, both the event-planners and security company can discuss what the best security operation is for the event and set expectations early.
Working with Local Officials
Most events will have local law enforcement officials & first responders on-site for the day of the event, like EMS or firefighting personnel. In instances where local officials will be on-site, it is important that the contracted security teamwork with officials to make sure the appropriate teams are familiar with the security operation. It’s common for staff, security, and first responders to not communicate effectively. But every team must know their posts and how to contact other teams, should they need to.
For events that don’t have local officials on-site, there is still potential that they may need to be called in. In this case, the contracted security team should have a plan of action in place that clearly defines how and when a security officer should reach out to these entities. Event management and staff should review this plan of action prior to the start of the event.
All staff members (security and non-security personnel) must be familiar with all safety protocols in case an incident should occur.
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