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IFEA World Festival And Event City Award : IFEA World Festival And Event City Award
The Major Events and Incidents Group is a dedicated, highly trained section of the police dedicated to public events. Image: Sydney Festival First Night credit: Jamie Williams 1.3 HOSPITAL AND EmERgENCY RESPONSE Sydney has demonstrated its ability to successfully host both national and international festival and events within a safe and secure environment. The health care system is of the highest standards, ranking in the top ten of the world’s developed countries for the majority of key health indicators. There are 26 major hospitals located in Sydney, four of which are within close proximity of the Sydney CBD. Major event venues are serviced by a further two major hospitals within 15 kilometres of their precinct. The Ambulance Service of NSW, one of the largest ambulances services in the world, plays a crucial part in the health system and its support of local and major events. The NSW Police Force is a regular and consistent presence at events and festivals, including at the planning stage. A significant development has been the establishment within the NSW Police Force of the Major Events and Incidents Group. This section of Police is now a dedicated, highly trained group that works on planned public events. To facilitate a safe and secure event, a Police Operations Center (POC) is activated during major events. Together with the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) these services are a key part of the city’s risk management planning for events. 19 | IFEA WORLD FESTIVAL AND EVENT CITY AWARD |20