Where, in the opinion of the fire code official, it is essential for public safety in a tent or membrane structure used as a place of assembly or any other use where people congregate, because of the number of persons, or the nature of the performance, exhibition, display, contest or activity, the owner, agent or lessee shall employ one or more qualified persons, as required and approved, to remain on duty during the times such places are open to the public, or when such activity is being conducted.
[California Code of Regulations, Title 19, Division 1, §320] Fire Safety Personnel.
The owners or operators of any tent used as a place of assemblage shall provide at least one qualified fire safety person in every tent having a capacity of 500 persons and one additional qualified person for each 1,000 additional persons or fraction thereof. Such persons shall be on duty in the tent at all times when the tent is open to the public. They shall be proficient in the handling of fire extinguishers and equipment and shall be familiar with the fire and panic safety regulations. The individual designated under this section shall meet the approval of the fire authority having jurisdiction.
Exception: The enforcing authority may waive or modify the provisions of this section if, in his opinion, public safety will not be jeopardized.
- Occupant loads of 500 or more shall require a minimum of one fire safety officer.
- Each additional 1,000 occupants, or fraction thereof, shall require one additional fire safety officer.
- Filming inside tents requires fire safety officers.