On Friday night September 2, 2016 representatives from the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Hyannis Fire Department, and the Town of Barnstable Building Department inspected a total of five operating nightclubs in Hyannis and visually assessed another eight nightclubs in Hyannis for compliance with the minimum safety codes of the State.
This was an announced inspection process. This was not a one time event, The State Fire Marshal’s office will continue to conduct these inspections throughout the State and we can expect inspections to occur again in Hyannis. Inspections occurring in the future will not be announced or scheduled with us in advance.
A review of our recents inspections
A few of these clubs will be receiving written citations from the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Additionally, The Building and Fire Departments will be following up with various clubs to correct other issues found.
The number one issue found is a lack of the proper number of verifiable crowd managers on site.
These requirements have been in place since 2011 with no changes in the rules.
– Crowd managers are required for all nightclubs with an occupancy of 100 or more.
– One crowd manager must be on duty for every 250 people listed on the occupancy permit.
0 to 250 = 1 crowd manager
251 to 500 = 2
501 to 750 = 3
– The total number of required crowd managers Shall be on-duty when the night club opens and Remain on-duty until the club closes no matter how many occupants are on site.
It appears to be common practice to open with the correct number of crowd managers, but then let these employees leave and not replace them with a person who is a crowd manager. The minimum number of required crowd managers must be maintained on-duty until the club closes, they do not have to be the same people all night.
The second issue was the inability to provide crowd manager certifications for the people working as crowd managers. Copies of the certificates are required to be maintained on site for one year.
The crowd manager program has been covered numerous times by the Fire Department with the clubs, and was covered recently in the training program offered by the Fire Department and the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District.
The crowd manager certification program is FREE and available online at http://public.eopsselearning.com/course/index.php?categoryid=3
The third issue found was that some of the door staff did not know how to adequately control/count the number of people entering the facility. The door staff must know the maximum number allowed into the club or the space they are managing and how to maintain a running count as people arrive and leave. They must limit the number of people (customers, staff, band members – everyone in the space) to no more than the maximum allowed on the certificate of occupancy. Thankfully, the clubs in question were not found to be overcrowded.
No major violations were found that would have required the clubs to be evacuated or closed.
All clubs must be able to provide the following items to an inspector at any time during a visit to the club. It is strongly recommended to have these documents in a 3 ringer binder a the front.
- That days crowd manager fire and building safety checklist
- At least the last 30 days of completed checklists (a minimum of one year of checklists must be available on site)
- A copy of the crowd manager certificate for every crowd manager.
- the certificate of occupancy
- The sprinkler system inspection report
- The fire alarm system inspection report
There will be a FREE Nightclub safety training offered by the Mass. Fire Academy at the Chatham Fire Station on October 6th.