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Fort Worth firefighters get acquainted with Dickies Arena plans, construction site

Posted Aug. 10, 2018

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Eighteen members of the Fort Worth Fire Department got an inside look at the under-construction Dickies Arena.

Five weeks after celebrating the topping-out at Dickies Arena, construction continues to progress at the 560,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art venue.

Bill Shaw, director of operations at Dickies Arena, along with a team of superintendents, recently met with 18 members of the Fort Worth Fire Department to help first responders learn more about the arena. The visit and orientation will help first responders formulate emergency preparedness plans.

“Our objective is to familiarize the FWFD with construction and what the arena will be once complete, including its many intricacies,” said Jim Thillen, regional general superintendent at Beck.

This is one of several steps to ensure first responders will proactively respond in the event of an emergency.

The process includes understanding an array of complex information. In addition to learning the overall arena floor plan, emergency personnel must also know where stairwells and elevators are located and be able to quickly navigate different levels of the arena, whose overall square footage is equivalent to three Wal-Mart Supercenters.

They must also know where to quickly and safely park emergency vehicles, how to find mechanical systems and be prepared to transport a stretcher from the first aid room to an ambulance.

“We appreciate and respect the work that FWFD does and will be a resource to them throughout the construction process,” said Shaw, whose own team will go through emergency training as part of its responsibility to seamlessly maintain arena operations.

After reviewing and discussing arena blueprints, the fire personnel toured the construction site. Despite the 100-plus-degree heat, the day was a success and all parties are on track for emergency preparedness at the arena.

About Dickies Arena

Dickies Arena will bring a wide variety of programming to Fort Worth, including concerts, family shows, sporting events and community events. The facility, located in the Cultural District, will be the new home to Fort Worth Stock Show rodeo performances.

The $540 million project is on schedule for completion in November 2019, and it will complement the current Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum, which will continue to serve as a major equestrian show arena.

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