Safety Advocates for Tents and Special Events

e-course Anchorage

Safety Advocates for Tents and Special Events ICC CE course “Anchorage for Tents and Membrane Structures IFC Chapter 31” has been approved.

“Meet the Players”

Our esteemed colleague Peter McVey, who some would say is the guru of staking and ballasting, will walk you thru industry approved staking and ballasting procedures. After you view the next 15 video’s, you can make up your mind as to whether you agree with the tenting industry.

 Setting the Stage

We begin by setting the stage and its cast of characters. The testing equipment consists of a tow truck, dynamometer, strap, and tow truck operator impersonating Mother Nature. As the plot thickens the next five videos show Peter demonstrating the holding power of stakes with various lengths and the last video finishes with debunking a staking myth.

 Our course number 15962 includes .2 ICC points and is available on demand for $35.00. Follow this link for additional information Anchorage,

e-course Inspection

Safety Advocates for Tents and Special Events ICC CE course “Inspection for Tents and Membrane Structures IFC Chapter 31” has been approved.

The “Inspection” course has four chapters and each chapter includes a quiz. Sorry, you have to take the quizzes to earn your credits.

  • Chapter One – Inspection Sheets
  • Chapter Two – Pole and Tension Tents
  • Chapter Three – Frame/Track Frame Tents
  • Chapter Four – Anchorage

Each chapter walks you thru a process that is designed to collaborate with the model code and explains how to save valuable resources during the process of authorizing a permit to the final operation permit approval.

We even have our soon to be if not already famous “Eraser Model” along with video and audio tracks that explain manufacturer’s installation designs and reasonable expectations during the inspection process. An example video demonstration emphasizes how a five-hundred-pound block may look good but what happens when you ask the block to handle 500 lbs of tension?

Our course number 15667 includes .2 ICC points and is available on demand for $35.00. Follow this link for additional information Inspection,

SAFTSE has adopted The International Code Council’s IBC/IFC regulations used to authorize temporary membrane structures/tent installation permits as a guideline for event fire and life safety. SAFTSE will work within these guidelines to provide reasonable fire and life safety solutions for AHJ’S and Special Event Partners.
A collaborative safety model is an essential component in SAFTSE’S overall life safety program. SAFTSE’S focus is to identify temporary membrane structures/tent code regulations and to frame a standard of reasonable expectations for all Special Event Partners and AHJ’S.
We can summarize SAFTSE’S scope by using three words – education, education, and education.

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Skin in the Game

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Come on Man How Could You Not See the Fire Hydrant

I asked Google to search for a 20’X 30’membrane structure/tent image. The photo criteria required that it conformed to the exception rule of 700 sq ft without sides, so I selected the above-featured...

Connecting the Dots Between Code Officials and Special Event Partners

We have submitted the course “Getting the Code Officials and Special Event Providers All Under the Same Tent” along with “Tent, Canopy, and Special Event Requirements in the I-Codes to the ICC...

Hey AHJ’, Did You Check To See if the Jump Ropes Were Secured?

I have asked this question to more than 25 AHJ’S. The response was either silence or “What’s a Jump Rope?” However, before you, the tent rental installer, start to snicker, I’ll ask you this question. “What is the occupancy for standing room only...

2018 IFC Outdoor Assembly Regulation

As we welcome in 2018, there are significant changes in the 2018 IFC Chapter 31 Tents and Other Membrane Structures regulations. One is quite substantial, referred to in IFC Chapter 31 Section 3106 Outdoor Assembly Events this regulation kicks in...

ICC Develops Model Building and Fire Codes

The International Code Council (ICC) develops model building construction and fire prevention codes that are adopted by states and jurisdictions. These model codes are revised every three years. The ICC appoints a Fire Code Action Committee...

The Inconsistencies of Temporary Tent Permits

The inconsistencies of local and state temporary tent permits are problematic. The variation of regulations often affects tent and special events companies that travel nationally or crossing county lines. The question is how as an industry can we...

Inspection Rule Number One – First, Look Down and Not Up.

As an AHJ you have arrived at a site to inspect a tent or membrane structure. Before you begin with checking means of egress, fire lane access infractions, and flame certificates, look at how the tent is attached to Mother Earth. Anchorage should be the first line...

AHJ’S Plea to Inspect Tents

The following picture takes on a new meaning of creative tent ballasting. The phrase between a rock and a hard place seems to be fitting. However, it was not necessary for an AHJ to inspect this tent because it is less than the 400 square feet requirement...

NFPA 701 Test 2 Is A Piece of Cake for Tent Vinyl

I must confess that I did not come up with this narration of comparing baking a cake to NFPA 701 test results. The credit goes to the vinyl industry gurus Steve, Linc, and Jeff for giving me a “Dick and Jane” teaching moment on how tent vinyl becomes inherently flame...

Water Barrels Bite the Dust in Connecticut

Last week a number of social media references were posted maintaining that the state of Connecticut banned the practice of using water barrels as a tent ballasting solution. Rumor has it that a State Fire Marshal gave a training course to the State Inspectors and...


SAFTSE has received ICC Preferred Education Provider approval to create training courses for continuing education for Fire Marshals and Building Code Inspectors. SAFTSE will begin building our first course and submit it for ICC approval using the theme of tents and special event training following the guidelines of IFC Chapter 31