Following a spate of highly publicized drug related incidents, safety and security has taken center stage for American show promoters. Taking a page from the European electro scene, American promoters are shifting to more comprehensive, long-term strategies, such as peer-based crisis management and drug education to reduce drug-related incidents at festivals. According to Dr. Bazos, Chairman of the SFX Medical and Safety Committee, these tactics among others have worked well recently in the U.S. with SFX’s entire 2014 run of festivals.
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Drug-fueled electronic dance festivals – like this month’s Electric Zoo in New York – shine a light on the need for advanced emergency management at mass gatherings…
CrowdRx is speaking at the 2014 Amsterdam Dance Event on October 16th.
Andrew Bazos, Chairman of CrowdRx, will be moderating panelists including Erick Salk, MD and others.
Topics will include emergency room physicians, paramedics, and EMT staffing, plus equipment needs for the site. The panel will also cover incident action plans tailored to the location, duration, nature of event, spectator profile, size, and enhanced coordination and collaboration of law enforcement, fire prevention, EMS providers, and festival security.
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“Because regulations are different in every state, the kind of services that are available are very fragmented,” Bazos said. “What we hope to accomplish is a national set of standards and procedures.”
Andrew Bazos, MD
Andrew Bazos, M.D featured in the Connecticut Post