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HEALTH and Partners to Offer Crowd Safety Management and Control Training

PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), Rhode Island Division of State Fire Marshal, Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, and RISAFE will offer free crowd safety management and control training on Monday, February 18, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Showcase Cinema, Cinema 15, at 1200 Quaker Lane in East Greenwich.

As a result of the events of and the response to the Station Nightclub fire 10 years ago, the Rhode Island Division of State Fire Marshal now requires all places where 50 or more individuals could legally assemble, including nightclubs with occupancies of 100 or more, to have a crowd manager who is trained and licensed. This training is open to any individual affiliated with an organization, including schools, religious organizations, volunteer organizations, and businesses.

"The lessons learned from the Station Nightclub fire must never be forgotten," said Michael Fine, M.D., director of HEALTH. "This training will increase awareness of the need for proper crowd safety management and control, and help keep Rhode Islanders safe at places of assembly."

After completing a four-hour training session and successfully completing a test, participants will receive a crowd manager license, valid for three years, in the mail.

A valid form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license, must be presented for a crowd manager license to be issued. Training session participants are also asked to bring writing materials to the session.

Seating is limited, so please register early. To register for the training, visit http://tinyurl.com/b7lbtyr

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Department or agency: Department of Health

Online: http://www.health.ri.gov

Release date: 02-11-2013

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