When the Commonwealth of Kentucky introduced a new program to promote safety within the special events industry for the 2012 tenting season, tent rental companies were concerned about how the program would be administered and regulated fairly. There were additional concerns about simply understanding the new regulations.
IFAI’s Tent Rental Division (TRD) member companies brought this to the attention of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and with the help of TRD member Terry Bryant, Bryant’s Rent-All of Lexington, Ky., commonwealth code official representative Ric McNees met with representatives of TRD, the American Rental Association and smaller rental companies to discuss the commonwealth’s new program for tent permitting.
Following the initial meeting, McNees requested that a panel of tent manufacturers, local renters, caterers and commonwealth officials gather to review the proposed models program. If developed correctly, the program could be used as a reference in other states. “My first thought is to establish that these code regulations are for safety. Next we need to determine if all tents have to be ‘engineered’ tents,” Bryant says.
“There are other questions that need to be addressed. The TRD, as a trade association representing the commercial tent rental industry, provides a united voice—and code officials are listening,” says TRD managing director Jan Schieffer. “TRD wishes to acknowledged Bryant for his efforts in bringing Kentucky officials and the commercial tent rental industry to the table to discuss codes and models. Together, this action will assure the future of a safer commercial tent rental industry.”