FIRE MARSHAL TO COUNSEL AREA NIGHTSPOTS ON FIREWORKS, CROWD CONTROL

FIRE MARSHAL TO COUNSEL AREA NIGHTSPOTS ON FIREWORKS, CROWD CONTROL

In light of the recent tragic events in Rhode Island and Chicago, many fire departments across the country are reviewing special-event centers and arenas in their jurisdictions. They are also reviewing the use of indoor pyrotechnics within those facilities.

The Doña Ana County Fire Marshal’s Office is beginning outreach immediately. Fire Prevention Specialists Daniel Kolson and Mike Norton will be spending time visiting area event centers to educate managers and club owners about fire danger and crowd-evacuation strategies. In addition, they will gather information about the facilities as part of the office’s ongoing business-analysis program.

Fire Marshal Nate Marshall said the outreach efforts by Kolson and Norton will not adversely impact other areas of the county’s overall inspection program of county businesses.

Armed with information from the Uniform Fire Code, Kolson and Norton will address many issues of interest to nightclub owners, including the use of pyrotechnics, crowd control, fire-protection devices and other areas of concern. The outreach effort, Marshall said, will be aimed at educating rather than enforcing.

For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.