By Michele Remenschneider
As part of our annual All Employees Meeting, the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum invited IAVM Director of Education Mark Herrera to talk to our staff members. When we were in the planning stages Mr. Herrera suggested we could include some of our local venue partners to join in on the training.
We ended up holding two training sessions. The first one included members of our local law enforcement agencies, sports teams, local theatres, our zoo, airport, and others involved in putting on events. We were excited to host the gathering of colleagues. The training was well received and provided a platform to share contact information and resources.
Our annual meeting was attended by all of our staff as part of our gearing up for the busy time of year. Mark did the Situational Awareness training and once again it was a huge win. His ability to relate to the crowd, share his experiences, as well as provide tips and best practices for providing a safe environment was a great training opportunity. I know our awareness level was raised and we are better equipped to see something, say something and especially do something!
Mark trained nearly 400 people during his time in Fort Wayne. Our building is truly grateful to Mark and the IAVM for their commitment to education, training, and safety.
Michele Remenschneider is vice president of event services for Allen County War Memorial Stadium in Fort Wayne, Indiana.