Trained crowd managers are required for establishments or activities that have been identified by Cape Coral Fire Prevention as a public assembly.
A public assembly as defined in the Florida Fire Prevention Code NFPA 101-184.108.40.206 is an occupancy (1) used for a gathering of 50 or more persons for deliberation, worship, entertainment, eating, drinking, amusement, awaiting transportation, or similar uses; or (2) used as a special amusement building, regardless of the occupant load.
Florida Fire Prevention Code NFPA 101-220.127.116.11 and NFPA 101-18.104.22.168 requires that all places of assembly where 50 people or more will be present (excluding churches under 500) must have at least one crowd manager. Where occupant loads exceed 250 (or 500 for churches), additional crowd managers are required at a ratio of one crowd manager for every 250 occupants. Assembly examples include, but are not limited to, restaurants, bars, night clubs, golf club houses, air supported structures, exhibit halls, theaters, lodges, meeting halls, conference rooms, tents, bingo halls, and libraries.
Crowd manager training is available online. This course from Fire Marshal Support Services, LLC (crowdmanagers.com) has been approved for use by the Florida Fire Marshals Association and Cape Coral Fire Prevention. A current certification of completion must be held onsite and be available upon request.
Violations will be issued to assembly occupancies without trained crowd managers.