It is a reasonable community expectation that an Emergency Plan will be in place at all sporting events. Even small sporting events carry risks of medical emergencies involving competitors and spectators. Every event manager has to contemplate the need to deal with a range of scenarios from minor cuts and bruises to life-threatening injuries or illnesses that need require the immediate attention of paramedics. (see more about risks associated with events)
When a large number of people are crowded into a sporting venue, the event manager must contemplate scenarios such as:
When bad things happen, the degree to which a disaster unfolds will depend on a few critically important factors:
A number of personnel must be appointed who have clear roles and responsibilities and know exactly what to do in an event. Such personnel would include:
Knowing what to do in an emergency is a key factor that saves lives. For each type of scenario envisaged, there needs to be a planned set of actions (planned response actions) to be taken by all those who are allocated responsibility. These planned response actions include:
Emergency management plans require people and people require training. The training needed by the team of people in charge of an event on the day include:
Equipment failure is a very real and persistent threat. This could include:
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