In May, members of the New Orleans Fire Department’s Second District toured the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to become familiar with its fire prevention, detection, and emergency response initiatives.
NOFD members were welcomed by the President and GM of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Michael Sawaya, who thanked them for their service to not only the Convention Center, but to the entire city of New Orleans. Personnel attending the tour were then taken to the back-of-house areas of the Convention Center to better understand the building’s multitude of fire prevention and suppression measures. Firefighters toured the Convention Center’s physical plant, fire pump stations, loading docks, Public Safety Dispatch Center, and other safety-critical areas. Each stop on the tour was designed to help first responders better understand the layout of critical areas of the Convention Center in case of an emergency.
“We were honored to give a tour of our facilities to the New Orleans Fire Department,” said Mark Kaufman, Director of Public Safety for the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. “The safety of our guests is our number one priority, and we are always looking for new ways to assist first responders in any way we can.”
These safety-focused initiatives will continue later in 2018 when members of the NOPD, NOFD, and EMS will be invited to participate in a mock-emergency simulation at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Mark Kaufman, Director of Public Safety for the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center shows fire department personnel the Convention Center’s Public Safety Dispatch Center during the tour.
About the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
With 1.1 million square feet of prime exhibit space, in an entirely contiguous hall, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center provides the largest single exhibit space in the country. The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center features an award winning staff and first class amenities, and is the sixth largest convention center in the nation. A consistent Top 10 host of the largest conventions and tradeshows in the nation annually, the Convention Center is also one of the city’s “Top Workplaces.” A leading contributor to the city’s robust tourism economy, the Convention Center’s event activity has produced $81.7 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $5.1 billion in new tax revenue for state and local governments.