Safety Advocates for Tents & Special Events

SAFTSE'S e-course Anchorage

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.

SAFTSE'S e-course Inspection

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

We chose this image because it illustrates the possibility of interoperations associated with the model code. Because of these variations, SAFTSE will begin a series of blog post for event stakeholders that begins with “The Economic Impact of Construction and Operational Permits.”

Jim Erickson

Executive Director, SAFTSE, Inc

Our Mission

SAFTSE’S position has been and will continue to follow the guidelines of the ICC IFC model code.

Our mission statement consists of three words – Education, Education, Education!

Who We Are!

As a non-profit organization we have taken on the leadership role and development of collaborative safety between the Code Enforcement Official and the Special Event Industry where life safety, plans, and execution matter considerably, we want you to know that SAFTSE has just one goal to exceed your expectations.

What We Created!

  • An Advisory Board of Code Enforcement Officials and Techincal Writers
  • An ICC Preferred Education Provider
  • Approved courses
    • Getting the Code Official and Special Event Partners Under the Same Tent
    • Inspection
    • Anchorage

What is in the Future!

  • As a member of the FireCac working group, we are part of the working group defining new or modifying IFC Chapter 31 Tent and Membrane Structure Regulations for 2021
  • We are a member of ESTA Techincal Standards Program
  • Working with the ICC to promote and develop SAFTSE’S online training courses.

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Summary of Successful ICC IFC 2018 Proposals

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Without Enforcement the Insanity Will Continue

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