Administrative Rule Adopted by Portland Fire & Rescue Pursuant to Rule-Making Authority
The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines on the approval of festival (open) seating plans for public assemblies.
This policy applies to all occupancies Portland Fire & Rescue serves for Fire Protection and Fire Prevention.
Festival seating, a form of crowd placement in which patrons stand rather than sit, is a common source of problems in public assemblies. These problems range from overcrowding to the injury of members of the audience by crowds surging against the stage, etc.
a. Payment for the time for Fire Inspector(s) and Fire Bureau Paramedic(s) at time and one-half overtime rate, from one-half hour before the public is admitted until one-half hour after the performance ends. Payments must be made before a public assembly permit is issued. Payment is to be by check, made out to "Fire Prevention Division." This fee is authorized by Section 31.20.060 (f) of the Fire Code and is in addition to required Public Assembly Permit Fees.b. All tickets for patrons will be placed in festival seating must be clearly marked "festival seating."c. The hands of all those to be placed in festival seating shall be distinctly and consistently marked with an easily discernible symbol.d. Security personnel as approved by the Chief Fire Marshal or his designee shall be provided for crowd control.* e. The following requirements are to be paid by the promoter:FIRE INSPECTOR/FIRE BUREAU PARAMEDICS
- 10,000 to 25,000 occupant load requires - one Fire Inspector and one Paramedic.
- 25,001 and up occupant load requires - two Fire Inspector and two Parmedics.PRIVATE EMS SERVICES
- 2,500 to 4,000 occupant load requires - one first aid station with minimum of two Red Cross trained personnel.
- 4,001 to 9,999 occupant load requires - one first aid station with one BLS or ALS with minimum of two paramedics.
- 10,000 to 20,000 occupant load requires - two aid stations with two ALS with minimum of four paramedics and two EMT’s.
- 20,001 to 30,000 occupant load requires - two aid stations with two ALS with minimum of four paramedics and six EMT’s.
- 30,001 and up occupant load requires - two aid stations with two ALS with minimum of six paramedics and eight EMT’s.
- All paramedics and EMT’s are to be Oregon certified.
Originally adopted by Fire Marshal as Fire Prevention Division Policy Manual Document E-2, effective May 2, 1997, revised May 12, 1997.