Sunday, February 15, 2015

Last post until needed: The legacy of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

Note: This is the last post of the Eagle County PIO group in supporting the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. This site will be reactivated in the event of an emergency for dissemination of critical public safety information. Take time to sign up for future alerts from this site, follow us on Twitter @EagleCountyPIO and on Facebook at EagleCountyPIO to receive future updates.

After 14 days of thrilling races and phenomenal hospitality throughout Eagle County, the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships have come to an end. The memories of gold medal runs by Mikaela Shiffrin, Ted Ligety, Tina Maze and the heartwarming efforts of Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller and the other athletes will be remembered for years to come.

The Local Organizing Committee has received accolades from the FIS for hosting an event that has exceeded expectations on all fronts with an estimated 130,000 spectators filling the stands for the races and crowds of upwards of 200,000 when the ancillary events at Championships Plaza at Solaris in Vail and Apr├Ęs Avon are included - plus an estimated television reach of 1 billion viewers. All the while, more than 700 public safety representatives worked to strike a balance in creating a friendly and secure environment under the leadership of a unified command structure headed by Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger, Eagle County Sheriff James van Beek, Colorado State Patrol Major Barry Bratt and Eagle County Paramedic Services CEO Fred Morrison.

The legacy of the 2015 Organizing Committee and Public Safety Command will live on with more than 2,000 staff and volunteers that have been trained in the “If You See Something. Say Something” community awareness program. Our thanks to everyone for their support and participation.

Members of the Public Safety Command Group during a morning briefing.

Partner Profile: Lake County Office of Emergency Management

It takes more than a village to host an event such as the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Joining local efforts to make this a fun and safe event is nearby Lake County Office of Emergency Management. The Director of Lake County Office of Emergency Management Mike McHargue has served as Joint Information Center Manager and Leadville/Lake County public information officer Betty Benson has served as JIC staff and field PIO during the event. The JIC is the coordinating body of information to the public and media.
Betty Benson and Mike McHargue

“We believe there is great value in helping our neighboring county whenever possible and developing stronger ties with all agencies in Eagle County, said McHargue. "We also believe that being involved with this well organized effort enhances our skills and broadens our perspective when an event occurs in our county or when we assist other counties,” said McHargue.

Partner Thank You: Western Enterprises Fireworks Crew

Thanks to the Western Enterprises Fireworks crew for their dedication, expertise and professionalism in delivering the fireworks entertainment during the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships.

From the opening ceremonies and every night since, the fireworks team from Western Enterprises have lit up the sky above Vail Village to celebrate the Championships. The crew, comprised of local residents who all work full time jobs and volunteer their time, have been preparing for this event for years. They have spent countless hours digging out sites from snow, building racks and staging equipment. After the closing ceremonies, the crew will continue their work by breaking down equipment and cleaning the shoot area.

The team of men and women are a unique group of people who have extensive experience in pyrotechnics as well as lighting and choreography. They are proud of their work and enjoy sharing the thrill of fireworks with the public. Through coordination with other organizations and hours of commitment, the crews have created fantastic shows and entertained the crowd every night of this special event. 

The closing ceremonies on Sunday at Red Tail Stadium in Beaver Creek will surely be spectacular with a daytime fireworks display. You won't want to miss this one-of-kind send off of the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships.
Fireworks - Vail, Colorado - 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships 


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Last chance to experience the Championships

Red Tail Stadium in Beaver Creek hosts the final races of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships on Sunday, Feb. 15. The first run of the Men's Slalom starts at 10:15 a.m. Stick around between races and enjoy the festivities until the second run at 2:15 p.m.

Don't head down the mountain too quickly - the medals ceremony for the Men's Slalom will be held at 3:30 p.m. at Red Tail Stadium. Then, Vail and Beaver Creek will “pass the torch” to Vail’s sister city, St. Moritz, Switzerland during the Closing Ceremonies, also at Red Tail Stadium. Live music, fireworks and more await fans as Vail and Beaver Creek say goodbye to the world.

The Colorado Department of Transportation expects heavy traffic over the holiday weekend, so before you get on the road, be sure to call 511 or check for the latest updates. Thanks for the memories!

Partner Profile: Boulder County Sheriff's Office

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office has four deputies working and experiencing the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships alongside the Vail Police. We all understand the safety and security of the participants in the events, the residents of the Vail Valley, as well as the international visitors is best accomplished through a cooperative effort between agencies. The lessons learned by every event are utilized to ensure success in the future.

All four deputies are avid outdoor enthusiasts, which motivated them to request to participate. Two are working in the event command post as Logistics Section Chief and a Safety Officer. One is working alongside Vail Officers on night shift patrols and the third has been deployed with his K9 partner to secure the event venues. 
The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is eager to lend a hand and build cooperative relationships with other organizations as we all learn a great deal in large scale events. Success in preplanned events such as the AWSC relies on relationships fostered between agencies and helps ensure success in unplanned events such as fires and floods.