From the Abstract: "The purpose of this research was to determine what changes could be made operationally in order to reduce the variance for planning when special events are conducted within the Town of Addison. Descriptive research was used to answer the following questions: a) How do other emergency response organizations plan for special events? (b) What national standards are there regarding planning for special events? (c) What special events take place in the Town of Addison and what are the associated risks that they present? (d) What other agencies should be involved in planning for special events held in the town of Addison. The research integrated a questionnaire that was sent to members of the Texas Fire Chief's Association and to some subject matter experts to identify how other emergency response agencies, in a similar region of the country, plan for special events. The research included interviews with some of the leaders of the AFD [Addison Fire Department] and personal communications with others involved in special event planning. Consistencies and important planning considerations were acknowledged in the study. Hazards and potential problems associated with a lack of preparedness were identified. A list of recommendations was established to aid in operational changes in order to reduce the variance for planning when special events are conducted within the Town of Addison. The recommendations included establishing a planning team, including training into the planning process, incorporating standardized form usage, weather monitoring, regular and deliberate communication with mutual aid responders and performing post incident analysis reviews."
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