Safety, a top priority for Vectren Dayton Air Show officials


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – It’s the final few days before the Vectren Dayton Air Show this weekend and organizers are getting ready for the huge crowds.

Each year, organizers say an average of 60,000 people come to the event and its public safety director is taking no chances when it comes to keeping you safe.

“We want you to come out and enjoy everything that’s out here at the Air Show,” said Roger Doctor, who wants you to know that fun follows safety.

People flood the gates to watch talented pilots take to the sky. Last year, parts of the grounds were literally flooded.

The weather was to blame for the smaller crowd in 2015 but it shouldn’t be the case this year. It be a hot and sunny but Doctor wants to remind you of one rule.

“You’re not allowed to bring in coolers because coolers are just too difficult to be able to look in. we’d have to look in the liner of your cooler to make sure no prohibited substance are being brought in,” Doctor said.

Purses and backpacks are okay but glass bottles for water or anything else are not.

“There are vendors out here that can provide all of your needs there isn’t anything that you would want that you would be able to get here on the grounds,” said Doctor.

At any huge event with lots of people, comes lots of security.

While many ticket holders will be keeping an eye to the sky, a long list of officers will be there looking out for you. According to Doctor, authorities from the FBI, TSA, U.S. Customs, Ohio State Patrol and Dayton police are some of the agencies that will be on guard.

“We’re concerned about safety, that person who decides he wants to make a statement, so we are doing everything in our power to be able to keep that away from here. It’s going to be a very, very closely watched facility,” Doctor said.

The Vectren Dayton Air Show’s head of security also said he works closely with the FBI’s Anti-Terrorist Task Force and gets up-to-the-minute bulletins on people who are in the area, but shouldn’t be.

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