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Public Safety at Seattle Special Events

Through the Special Event Committee process, City, County, and State agencies review every Seattle Special Event request with focus on safety and security.  These agencies work with event organizers to establish emergency and safety operating levels on a case by case basis.  While we can’t always prevent tragedies that put people in danger, what we can do is take all steps to be prepared in advance and to be able to respond to emergencies, whether they are caused by natural disasters or by the work of people who seek to cause harm. 

Organizers of any Special Event expecting 1,000 or more attendees are required to complete and submit a Public Safety Plan in addition to the Special Event Application for review by the Seattle Fire Marshal’s Office, Medic One, and Seattle Police Department.  For information about agency public safety review and support, contact:

Seattle Police Department (SPD):  SPD reviews events on a case by case basis.  Requests for increased SPD event staffing should be directed to Seattle Police Operations Center 206-684-5090.

Seattle Fire Department (SFD):  SFD assigns dedicated fire and EMS response resources at large events.  Event safety, security, and crowd management planning must follow Seattle Fire Code (SFC) 403.3, which sets the training level and number of event staffing, and requires emergency management contingency plans.  Medical response staffing and presence is determined upon review of the event and additional needs of the organizer.  For information on SFC 403.3, contact Captain Timothy Munnis, 206-386-1355, timothy.munnis@seattle.gov; or Lieutenant Tom Heun at 206-386-1209, tom.heun@seattle.gov.  Requests for event medical plan review and increased EMS staffing should be directed to Lt Craig Aman, 206-386-1063, craig.aman@seattle.gov

Seattle Center:  The Seattle Center has its own specific safety, security, and emergency management plans in place.  For information contact Mary Wideman-Williams, Seattle Center Chief Operating Officer, 206-684-7330 or mary.wideman-williams@seattle.gov.

As a member of the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA),  the Seattle Special Events Office recommends that, in addition to your direct discussions with Seattle Police and Fire, you work with event associations like IFEA to learn more about current Federal policy and planning for events.  We highly recommend you familiarize yourself with the Protective Measures Guide for the U.S. Outdoor Venues Industry, which IFEA worked together with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to produce in 2011.

Adobe PDF Format Special Event Public Safety Plan (Writable PDF)
Adobe PDF Format Seattle Special Event Chair Emergency Preparedness Letter, May 10, 2013