MANSFIELD, MA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Public safety officials are touting enhanced security and safety for fans attending concerts at the Live Nation promoted Comcast Center in Mansfield Mass, including a new bomb sniffing dog and better communications with emergency services.
In a report to Mansfield selectmen, Fire Chief Neal Boldrighini and Police Chief Ronald Sellon explained the upgrades at the 19,500-capacity venue, including the implementation of a protocol called Incident Command System, or ICS. ICS facilitates communications between police, fire, medical and private security in the event of a public safety or health emergency.
The venue will also be swept hours before every event by police with a bomb sniffing dog and the dog will be stationed near the venue's entrance when concert-goers enter the facility.
The upgrades come in light of numerous problems at the venue. A total of 500 people have been taken into protective custody; 531 were treated for medical problems and 123 were taken to the hospital over the course of 21 shows staged at the venue this year. That is in addition to the 20 arrests for assault, seven breaking and entering, 276 incidents of public drunkenness and 134 people charged with liquor law violations.
Mansfield officials also opted to fine the Comcast Center for violating the 11pm curfew after a July 19th performance by the Eagles ran 3 minutes over. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers