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Itís ok, itís never caught fire ...

Itís ok, itís never caught fire ...

18th July 2017

It has been brought to our attention that some members have insurance policies that do not include any use of fire anywhere on their site.  I strongly recommend that you check yours. For instance: Camp Fires Lantern Parades Torch Light Processions Fireworks Chinese Lanterns (which you really should not be using) Fire eaters and breathers in str...

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National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) advice for events

National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) advice for events

12th June 2017

After the terrible events at Manchester Arena some weeks ago and the recent attack on London Bridge, we have received a number of pieces of advice from a variety of organisations.  The most comprehensive of which has now arrived from the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO).  Where clearly a great deal of the content of this document is way beyond the measures needed at ...

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Risk Assessment & Road Closures - AFO Training Day Report

Risk Assessment & Road Closures - AFO Training Day Report

8th June 2017

On Thursday 4th May, AFO members from a range of different festival from around the UK attended an AFO Training Day at The Hawth Theatre, Crawley. The session was delivered by Andy Grove of HighGrove Events Limited who had tailored the session specifically to meet requirements specified by AFO members in relation to risk assessments and road closures. Whilst covering the basics of risk ass...

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New Mini Purple Guide Published

New Mini Purple Guide Published

7th June 2017

A new guide has been published by the Events Industry Forum to help organisers of smaller events comply with regulations and good practice.   The new ‘Purple Guide Lite’ is a sister publication to the ‘Purple Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Music and Other Events’, which EIF took over from the Health & Safety Executive four years ago.   Developed wi...

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Manchester attack

Manchester attack

26th May 2017

Our sincere condolences to the victims and their families and best wishes for recovery to those injured in Manchester. ?The whole events industry is in shock and immediate events this weekend (May Bank Holiday) are obviously nervous. If you need AFO advice immediately then please call us on 01629 827014/ 07836 212899 and we will help if we can. We will put out collated advice from var...

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Terrorism Threat Level Raised

Terrorism Threat Level Raised

25th May 2017

Following the attack in Manchester this week, the Security Industry Authority have released the following statement: The independent Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) has raised the threat level for international terrorism in the UK to CRITICAL. This means that their assessment is not only that an attack remains highly likely but a further attack may be imminent. If you see or hear...

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Look up, look out Ė Think electricity!

Look up, look out Ė Think electricity!

26th April 2017

With the weather warming up, many outdoor types will be looking to pitch their tent in the countryside or set out on the open road in their caravan. Whether it be for a holiday or to wile away the weekend at a music festival, safety experts at UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity to the East of England, London and the South East, are warning campers to ‘Look out and look up&rsquo...

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No pyrotechnics at festivals

No pyrotechnics at festivals

14th April 2017

Don’t panic, organisers of events and professional firework people still allowed.  This is a revision to Section 134 in the Police and Crime Act 2017 now referring to the possession of pyrotechnic articles at musical events. AFO is delighted that this has been extended from sports to the events industry. The revision is now in place. However, what about lantern parades?  Perh...

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Event information required after Westminster Terrorist Attack

Event information required after Westminster Terrorist Attack

24th March 2017

NOEA has released the following statement after the attack in Westminster on Wednesday: For those of you who haven’t heard of the TIER Group, it is the Tourism Industry Emergency Response Group co-ordinated by VisitBritain and is convened when events occur that have significant implications for the UK tourism industry. The group links into COBRA via DCMS. As such, a meeting was held to to...

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