News

Boonstock books new security act

Boonstock
Boonstock's security contractor announced today it was terminating their contract with the music festival, citing concerns over the security plan.
— image credit: Mark Brett/Western News

Just hours before their scheduled forum with the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce, organizers of the Boonstock Music Festival have posted a press release on their Facebook page announcing a new security company for the event.

According to the release, Boonstock has signed a new agreement with 24/7 Security Ltd.

"The safety and security of everyone who attends this event … has always been my paramount priority," said Colin Kobza, president of Boonstock Productions, in the release.

Boonstock signed an agreement with International Crowd Management in January, but on June 27, ICM terminated that agreement, citing health and safety concerns with the Boonstock safety plan.

According to ICM, Boonstock had told them they wanted less security guards and no lifeguards or first aid/paramedic personnel.

"What impressed us the most when we first spoke with 24/7 Security Ltd. was their readiness to work with our local event and security professionals. Penticton is a festival city and we have some of the finest water safety, event security and medical experts in B.C., perhaps in Canada," said director of operations Barb Haynes in the same release.

Haynes goes on to say that 24/7 will only be securing the licensed areas and Boonstock will rely on local and regional specialists to provide "first aid/paramedical services, lifeguards, floating cork line and rescue/safety boats."

Boonstock Music and Arts Festival is planned for the August long weekend.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Remembering her smile
 
ELECTION 2104: Men vying for Mill Bay director identify sewer and salary issues among top priorities
 
Are you good enough to play Sunfest?
Family Day boasts flurry of fun across Capital Region
 
B.C. lawyers vote to overturn Trinity Western law school recognition
 
‘He needs, I have.’
Have a safe and happy Halloween in Parksville Qualicum Beach!
 
Lantzville marks 10th birthday
 
Living with juvenile diabetes a constant learning curve

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 31 edition online now. Browse the archives.