The Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts held an emergency preparedness training session for over 50 volunteers on Wednesday, October 16.
The Webb Center partnered with the Wickenburg Police Department, Fire Department, and Wickenburg Unified School District for a mock fire evacuation of all personnel from the facility. Volunteers served as both ushers and audience members and were trained in the appropriate primary and secondary exits for all seating areas. To stage an effective evacuation, the fire alarm was pulled so volunteers would be familiar with the experience.
Following the evacuation, the Fire Department conducted a brief CPR and AED course. In addition, other training situations, including a medical emergency drill and mock power outage, were organized and conducted by the Webb Center’s Safety and Security Manager, Blaise Wingert.
“Because the Webb Center is located on the Wickenburg High School campus ‘shelter-in-place’ scenarios were also discussed,” said Wingert. ‘’Just like the Wickenburg Unified School District practices, ‘shelter-in-place’ refers to locking down the facility when someone with a threatening weapon or an active shooter is on the campus.”
The training session was part of the Webb Center’s emergency procedures and protocol as outlined in their newly adapted Emergency Action Plan. The Plan describes the role of staff and volunteers in a variety of emergency situations to ensure the safety of patrons and students attending a performance.
All Webb Center volunteers are required to go through an emergency training session before volunteering at any performances. Another training session will be held in January for new and returning volunteers for the spring season. For more information on volunteering or the Webb Center’s training program, please contact Blaise Wingert at 928-684-6624 or visit www.dewpac.org/volunteers.