Crowd Manager for Public Assemblies

According to the National Fire Protection Association ,"Every day, millions of people wake up, go to work or school, and take part in social events." But every so often the unexpected happens: an earthquake, a fire, a chemical spill, an act of terrorism or some other disaster. Routines change drastically, and people are suddenly aware of how fragile their lives and routines can be. Each disaster can have lasting effects - people may be seriously injured or killed, and devastating and costly property damage can occur. People entering any public assembly building need to be prepared in case of an emergency.

The Rochester Fire Department is committed to the safety and well-being of individuals that visit nightclubs and areas of public assembly within the City of Rochester. Weekly, we are out in the field inspecting for compliance to the state fire and property maintenance code as well as to the City of Rochester’s fire and property maintenance code. Our goal is to achieve compliance through education, engineering, and enforcement of state and local codes. We want our patrons to have a positive and safe experience while visiting establishments and areas of public assembly within the City of Rochester. Our goal is to work with the businesses and to educate them on the need for safety. If there is any time that you feel that you have an immediate fire or life safety issue, please call 911 or you can contact our fire safety division at 428-7037 regarding any questions or concerns. Always make sure that you know where the exits are when visiting an establishment. If an alarm goes off, immediately evacuate to the closest exit. If you feel that your safety is compromised at any time, leave the establishment and call 911. We want you to enjoy your time here within the City of Rochester.  We also want you to have a safe and positive experience while visiting establishments in the City of Rochester and look forward to you returning knowing that your safety is our primary concern

Before you enter

  • Take a good look: Does the building appear to be in a condition that makes you feel comfortable? Is the main entrance wide and does it open outward to allow easy exit? Is the outside area clear of materials stored against the building or blocking exits?
  • Have a communication plan: Identify a relative or friend to contact in case of emergency and you are separated from family or friends
  • Plan a meeting place: Pick a meeting place outside to meet family or friends with whom you are attending the function. If there is an emergency, be sure to meet them there.

When you enter

  • Locate exits immediately: When you enter a building you should look for all available exits. Some exits may be in front and some in back of you. Be prepared to use your closest exit. You may not be able to use the main exit.  
  • Check for clear exit paths: Make sure aisles are wide enough and not obstructed by chairs or furniture. Check to make sure your exit door is not blocked or chained. If there are not at least two exits or exit paths are blocked, report the violation to management and leave the building if it is not immediately addressed. Call the local fire marshal to register a complaint. 
  • Do you feel safe?: Does the building appear to be overcrowded? Are therefire sources such as candles burning, cigarettes or cigars burning, pyrotechnics, or other heat sources that may make you feel unsafe? Are there safety systems in place such as alternative exits, sprinklers, and smoke alarms? Ask the management for clarification on your concerns. If you do not feel safe in the building, leave immediately.

During an emergency

  • React immediately: If an alarm sounds, you see smoke or fire, or other unusual disturbance immediately exit the building in an orderly fashion.
  • Get out, stay out! Once you have escaped, stay out. Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. Let trained firefighters conduct rescue operations."