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My FurFright duty hours 
11th-Oct-2011 12:18 pm
White Mage - Drawn by Mahrkale
Wow, it's been awhile since I've written to my LJ.

I want to update here more, but it seems like people are using LJ less and less. While I like Twitter, it's really difficult to post anything meaningful there, such as schedules. Oh well.

Anyway, here are the hours I'll be on duty at FurFright this weekend:

Friday: 4 PM to 8 PM
Saturday: 8 AM to Noon, 2:30 PM to 4 PM
Sunday: 12 AM to 4 AM, 4 PM to 8 PM

My position is "sergeant", which means I'll be based at the security desk, but walking around a fair bit, checking with people who are working at the various badge checkpoints in case they need to take a bathroom break, doing an occasional rove through the guest floors, etc.

Essentially, if I'm wearing my beret, it means I'm working.

Since someone asked me awhile back, the closest thing we have to "ranks" in the Dorsai Irregulars is for individual contracts that are worked. We have at least one "Duty Officer" (or DO for short) who is on duty at a all times. They're the person who is "in charge", who usually makes log entries (yes, we keep event logs at all contracts), and who usually interacts with the hotel's security people. For larger contracts (such as Anthrocon), it is a position that rotates between more than one individual every 6-8 hours.

Next in line, we have 1 or more "Sergeants" each shift. Sgts usually work at the security desk, but they are also tasked with doing the occasional rove, as well as periodically visiting each of the badge check points and checking in with the person working said point, seeing if they need a bathroom break, or if they're coming to the end of their shift and need a replacement, etc. This is a position I frequently work at conventions.

After that, we have "regular security people". In addition to manning the badge checkpoints, they also do "roves", which constitute walking though the guest floors and public areas of the hotel, making sure that there aren't any excessively noisy parties, nor is there anyone intoxicated to the point of needing assistance. Most hotels really like this function of security, because if we deal with a noisy party before any complaints come in to the hotel, the hotel has less work to do. :-)

Finally, at some contracts we also have "medics". These are people with formal medical training (EMTs, etc.) who respond to any medical situations that may arise. Whether we have medics on a given contract is based on a variety of factors, including: the size of the convention, who on the contract has medical training, and state liability laws.

An interesting note is that membership in the DI is not a requirement for any of the previously mentioned roles. I've worked Sgt positions before being a member of the DI, and I've worked badge checkpoints and done roves while as a member of the DI. It comes down to experience, and what roles need to be filled.

It's also worth pointing out that people who work Dorsai contracts either wear the Dorsai logo (seen on the right) somewhere on their person in the form of a beret or armband, or wear a highly-visible t-shirt that says "(event name) security" on it. I only mention this, because in recent years I've noticed people at furry conventions wearing black berets as part of their costume, and I don't want there to be any confusion... :-P
11th-Oct-2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
Still here and reading! LJ remains unmatched for non-trivial updates. (Well, beside Dreamwidth of course.)
11th-Oct-2011 05:29 pm (UTC)

Why aren't you on Facebook yet?

For one thing, my newest venture requires Facebook to log in: http://www.cliqsearch.com/
11th-Oct-2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
MY POINT EXACTLY. I've been there and following you for months, and you didn't even notice.

Not that I'm using it a lot anymore. FB is not terribly good at 'non-trivial'. :/
12th-Oct-2011 12:45 am (UTC)

It's the cowboy hat.

Completely threw me off.
11th-Oct-2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
I'm usually hanging out here, on Dreamwidth (occasionally), and of course the Google +.
11th-Oct-2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
Are the armbands a recent addition? I worked FurFright last year and didn't have one. Or are they used only for cons that don't issue T-shirts to the security crew?

Rene's got me on a Sgt. shift Saturday night, right before you -- first time ever. o_O
12th-Oct-2011 12:45 am (UTC)

Maybe they weren't used with the shirts. But the armbands have been around for years. At least since before I was in the DI, since I wore them back at the first MagFest we worked. (2007?)
12th-Oct-2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, i don't recall seeing them at furfright or anthrocon either; in those places, we usually rely on the security shirt (orange in the former case, red in the latter) to mark security people.
Come to think of it, i don't think we had them at FCN, either, though they might've been helpful; the little dorsai tags we folk use are a little hard to spot at a distance. Maybe the armband should make a comeback, especially if we keep working contracts where some security staff are given to us by the con?
Still, the point is well made; there are some folks who wear black berets but are not (sometimes emphatically not) DI.
Congrats to petercat on the new position; i figured that they'd need a new sergeant for FF, what with one of our regulars away and another serving as DO. When i saw it was you, i thought, "Oh, what a great choice."
12th-Oct-2011 08:12 pm (UTC)

I think FurFright and Anthrocon are the only events big enough that security t-shirts are worn at. Hmm.

Guess I'll go ahead and update the post to reflect the wearing of t-shirts as well.
20th-Oct-2011 12:15 am (UTC)
Like Giza said, armbands are old but they're only used when we're working an event that doesn't have a specific security shirt. That's pretty much just Anthrocon and Furfright.
13th-Oct-2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update cat - maybe I can catch up with you off hours!
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