HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - More than one dozen sport security leaders from around the country have been at the University of Southern Mississippi for the past two days, learning about how to effectively evacuate sport stadiums and other venues in case of terrorist attacks or natural disasters.
A "train the trainers" workshop hosted by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) is teaching security specialists from Michigan, New Mexico, Texas and other states about preparing and/or enhancing evacuation planning to assist emergency responders.
The event began Tuesday and wrapped up Wednesday. Workshop participants will go on to teach the course at various universities and sport/event venues for NCS4.
"These folks are our latest class of instuctors," said Dane Dodd, an instructor for the workshop. "There's a demand for these courses and we're always looking for people with a lot of industry experience who can go out and train others on what they've done successfully."
Maybe the most beneficial part of the class is after the course material, is the knowledge you gain from the other folks across the country that just have great little ideas that can make your operations really succinct and really put you in a place to be successful when it comes to emergency planning, evacuation planning," said Drew Pittman, assistant athletic director for facilities and operations at Baylor University.
Similar workshops have been presented several times over the last decade by NCS4.