Department of Public Protection
State Fire Marshal Assists at State Fair
The staff of the State Fire Marshal is out in force at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, helping to ensure that fairgoers are safe and secure while enjoying the many exhibits and activities.
Six members of the State Fire Marshal’s staff arrived at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center (KFEC) on Aug. 13, three days before the fair opened, to monitor vendors and exhibitors who were setting up their displays Two staff members are examining electrical hookups, two others supervise the use of hazardous materials such as propane and diesel, while two more assist with matters such as crowd control.
“We actually started our planning in January,” said State Fire Marshal Rodney Raby. That’s when he met with the Fair Board staff to review any changes in electrical and safety codes that might affect State Fair operations.
The Fire Marshal’s operations are headquartered in a mobile command center located outside Broadbent Arena. The bright red vehicle features state-of-the-art communications equipment that can quickly direct resources to where they are needed.
Throughout the day, deputy fire marshals roam the 560-acre fairgrounds to check on electrical generators, see that propane tanks are properly handled, and assist in crowd control. They work closely with the KFEC security staff and the Kentucky State Police, Raby said.
The State Fair is a great training ground for learning how to safely accommodate large crowds, Raby said. The next several State Fairs are expected to offer valuable experience in crowd management as the state prepares to host the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington in 2010.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal is an agency of the Department of Public Protection in the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.