The NCS⁴’s Executive Director, Dr. Stacey A. Hall, attended IAVM’s VenueConnect 2021 last week, where she spoke on both the State of the Industry and Women in Leadership panel discussions.
The NCS⁴ Instructors Gathered at the Center Last Week for Training
The NCS⁴ training team and instructors
The NCS⁴ brought 20 instructors together for a ”Train the Trainer” seminar on August 5-6 at the Trent Lott National Center on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. The purpose of the event was to ’train up’ both seasoned and new instructors on the DHS/FEMA-funded AWR-167: Sport Event Risk Management course and updates. This course was the first curriculum developed by NCS⁴ back in 2007 and continues to be a favorite of jurisdictions throughout the U.S. The instructors begin delivering the course in person next month. For more information on the course or other training offered by the NCS⁴, click the link below.
This course represents a cooperative effort between The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (USM/NCS4) and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service’s National Emergency Response and Recovery Training Center (TEEX/NERRTC), a member of the Texas A&M University System.
The NCS⁴ and Technology Alliance Present Educational Session at ISC West
The NCS⁴ and Sports and Entertainment Technology Alliance had the opportunity to share technology insights at this year’s SIA Education at #ISCWest. We enjoyed learning from and connecting with everyone at the event!
ABOUT THE TECH ALLIANCE: The NCS⁴ Technology Alliance is an international consortium of leading architectural firms, service providers, and technology companies dedicated to spectator safety and security at sports and entertainment events. The Alliance consists of researchers, engineers, computer scientists, architects, and other stakeholders dedicated to spectator safety and security excellence through innovation. Most members are involved in safety and security at venues across the US and around the world, while others are seeking opportunities to integrate new and emerging technologies that have the capacity to contribute in a meaningful way. Click the link below to find out more about the Tech Alliance or its members.
This Week’s Must-Read: Gameday Security’s Article Focusing on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Mental Health
A timely article on diversity, equity, inclusion, and mental health is included in the Summer 2021 issue of GAMEDAY SECURITY magazine. These important issues deserve our focus, and “United We Stand” is a must-read article for everyone in our industry. Click the link below to view the magazine and navigate to page 14 to read the article.
Fundamentals of Crowd Safety Course Offered Online
NCS⁴ and GKStill International have partnered to jointly offer the Fundamentals of Crowd Safety online E-Learning course to address capability gaps in crowd behavior and sciences. Professor Dr. G. K. Still, Professor of Crowd Science at Manchester University, developed this certified, accredited course. The course offers an 8-hour online interactive experience designed to teach the essential elements of crowd safety and crowd risk analysis. The course is especially valuable to event organizers, as it ensures that those who complete it are compliant with the NFPA 101 - Life Safety Code — specifically, the areas of section 12 of the code that require a venue to provide a crowd manager trained in crowd management techniques for occupancies exceeding 1000.
CISA Publishes Public Venue Security Screening Guide
Check out CISA’s recently released Public Venue Security Screening Guide which offers best practices to stakeholders for developing and implementing security screening procedures at public venues hosting a variety of events, including sporting events, concerts, fairs and family festivals, conventions, theme parks, and other events or functions where Americans gather. Click the link to view the publication.
As people in the U.S. continue to get vaccinated and cities and states begin to reopen, the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) and Event Safety Alliance (ESA), in partnership with Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP), Coalition of Performing Arts Centers, and National Independent Talent Organization (NITO) have joined together to research, create and present “Safe In Sound,” a free reopening checklist for the live entertainment industry. This toolkit was developed after consultation with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and based on the most up-to-date guidance and resources available at Guidance for COVID-19 | CDC. It serves as the framework for venues and promoters to reopen fully as safely as possible. The checklist addresses every major issue involved in producing a safe live event, both front of house and back of house.