Minimising fire risk at large scale events

By Peter Fermor, Managing Director, Tyco Fire & Security New Zealand

event 03 of the 2013 Australian V8 Supercar Championship SeriesThose involved in organising events, whether a concert, sporting event, local festival or even a school sports day, will know the importance of public and participant safety. To reduce the risk of safety incidents, event organisers and suppliers should come together to devise safety plans and ensure suitable safety equipment and procedures are in place.

Fire protection is an important part of any event safety plan. When it comes to fire protection planning for large scale events, considerations include the size and type of event, whether the venue is indoor or outdoor, fixed or temporary, the size and density of the expected crowd, and the type of equipment or machinery being used.

From 24-27 April 2014, championship drivers will compete at the ITM500 Auckland V8 Supercars championship.  This is New Zealand’s largest annual sporting event and will take place at the Pukekohe Park Raceway circuit, near Auckland.

The V8 championship is a high powered event and organisers know that being prepared for an emergency is absolutely essential.  Wormald has been involved with the V8 event since 2007 and each year the team works closely with the event organisers to assess the fire risks on site and identify the most appropriate fire protection solution. Continue reading

Protecting the crowds – fire protection for large scale events

By Mark Gowans, managing director, Wormald ANZ

Planning a large scale event takes a lot of effort.  In addition to ensuring the smooth running of the event itself, organisers also need to carefully consider public safety.

I’m sure we’ve all been to concerts, sporting events or even local festivals where we were unaware of the lengths that event organisers have to go to to ensure public and participant safety.  They have the responsibility of developing a safety plan to ensure suitable safety equipment and procedures are in place.

Of course, fire protection is an important part of any safety plan.  When talking about fire protection for large scale events some of the considerations include the size and type of event, whether the venue is indoor or outdoor, fixed or temporary, the size and density of the expected crowd, as well as the type of equipment or machinery being used. Continue reading