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cleusk March 4th, 2008 12:37 PM

Security Duties at SFOT
 
Talk about a full load of responsibilities! The security staff in the past, while maintaining order throughout the park, spent many hours searching for lost belongings. In addition, they searched for missing children, removed road kill from the railroad and other ride tracks, hunted down loose, dangerous animals and reptiles, dealt with emergency situations, and provided park information.

JStroop March 18th, 2008 05:51 PM

That's still true today... plus they operate the front gate metal detectors and bag screening, provide crowd control for the longer queue lines (or at least did when I was in security,) staff the Lost Parents Caboose, patrol the parking lot for suspicious activity, provide assistance to people in the parking lot for lost vehicles, keys locked in cars, and the like... and manage the parking lot attendants.

After park hours or normal business hours on non-operating days, they are also responsible for fire safety.

Security is really a catch-all dept.

thecloak March 18th, 2008 07:57 PM

Get a pot and some water and carrots....
 
... and even more this year...

More to come.... :whistle:

cleusk March 18th, 2008 09:10 PM

Wow! I didn't know they had to do all that extra stuff. Seems to me that the security department should be renamed the Jack-Of-All-Trades department.

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Originally Posted by JStroop (Post 6915)
plus they operate the front gate metal detectors and bag screening

What are they doing over there? Training employees to work at airports?

rdtravis July 22nd, 2008 10:51 PM

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Originally Posted by cleusk (Post 6922)
Wow! I didn't know they had to do all that extra stuff. Seems to me that the security department should be renamed the Jack-Of-All-Trades department.



What are they doing over there? Training employees to work at airports?

Naw the metal detectors went in After 9/11. They wanted to keep the park safe. Still the guys at front gate have caught ppl tring to sneak in alcohol and drugs. Marsha at FG in 5 days caught 5 guys. One guard caught some guy tring to use a sprite bottle to sneak in vodka.

Anyone remember when the genrators blew up behind the carosel. Sounded likea bomb going off. Freaked ppl out by the Flume and in mexico section.

Rev_Rich July 23rd, 2008 10:54 AM

It seems as if things never change. I started in the Parking lot and then found myselfe on the inside doing all of those task. I know this I learned a great work ethic and had a great time doing it. Those were the days!

JABBS July 29th, 2008 12:07 PM

The metal detectors went in well before 9/11, maybe '95 or '96. They were installed after the conceal and carry law was passed in Texas. I don't remember if it was by choice or by law, but permit holders are not allowed to carry in the park. The metal detectors were installed to enforce that requirement.

I was in the canteen when the generator behind the carousel exploded. It looked and sounded a whole lot worse than it really was, but it was enough to scare the hell out of me. If I remember right, that happened 1 year to the day after the OKC bombing. I probably lost 10 pounds running around dealing with stranded ride units after the ensuing power failure.

JStroop July 29th, 2008 05:42 PM

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Originally Posted by rdtravis (Post 9243)
Naw the metal detectors went in After 9/11. They wanted to keep the park safe. Still the guys at front gate have caught ppl tring to sneak in alcohol and drugs. Marsha at FG in 5 days caught 5 guys. One guard caught some guy tring to use a sprite bottle to sneak in vodka.

Anyone remember when the genrators blew up behind the carosel. Sounded likea bomb going off. Freaked ppl out by the Flume and in mexico section.

That's not true... the metal detectors went in before I left the park, and were in place when I was in security in 97/98 (edit: even earlier, as clarified by Bryan)

As far as training people to work at airports, I daresay that when I was there, our front gate screening was far more thorough than any screening I've been through at an airport before or since.

Giant12 July 29th, 2008 11:08 PM

I'm pretty sure the metal detectors were put in for the 96 season.

VanceCope July 29th, 2008 11:25 PM

I thought the metal detectors went in about 97 when I started because I know about midway thru 97 was when they installed one at the employee entrance. Up until then you just kinda flashed your id and were let in...once the single detector went in the line was horrendous...they remodeled the empolyee entrance in late 97/early 98 to have more lines open...but still only one gaurd :confused:

rdtravis July 30th, 2008 03:59 AM

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Originally Posted by JStroop (Post 9299)
That's not true... the metal detectors went in before I left the park, and were in place when I was in security in 97/98 (edit: even earlier, as clarified by Bryan)

As far as training people to work at airports, I daresay that when I was there, our front gate screening was far more thorough than any screening I've been through at an airport before or since.

See i was not there in 97 i went back in 2001 I did not know it. I had not been to the front that year or not much and did not know it or see the gate much.

As far as the explosion yea it was exactly 1 year to the date, But not of OKC but of the Waco incedent also.

Giant12 July 30th, 2008 02:50 PM

Yeah, the metal detectors went in at the front in 96, but your right they didn't put one in at the employee entrance until later. Like you said you just flashed your badge.

JStroop July 30th, 2008 04:14 PM

That's actually one of my accomplishments I'm most proud of from my time at SFOT (and also probably the most enduring - my version of the RR speil isn't used anymore and the Cliffhanger is gone so I know for a fact the manual I wrote is also gone - but was probably discarded before that when they automated the ride)... when I was a newly promoted sergeant, I was on a committe to brainstorm ideas for a redesigned employee entrance. Putting the gate post in the middle of the road instead of on one side, making two lanes of entry (one for people with permits, one for those without) and raisable gates for all lanes were all things that we came up with in that brainstorm.

The walk-through entrance was also part of that remodel, adding multiple entry spots because the single entry was slowing things down so badly that there was often a line 10-12 deep to get in. Of course, there was rarely more than one officer to staff those walk through entries... but when there was, it went nicely.

Twisted July 30th, 2008 06:54 PM

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Originally Posted by rdtravis (Post 9304)
See i was not there in 97 i went back in 2001 I did not know it. I had not been to the front that year or not much and did not know it or see the gate much.

As far as the explosion yea it was exactly 1 year to the date, But not of OKC but of the Waco incedent also.

They put the detectors in in '95. I remember because in '94 during FrightFest we heard from someone in security that plans for detectors were already happening. After the run-ins we had in '94, we were some of the ones afraid during FF, not just the patrons. :eek:

Merv's Ragin Surf August 10th, 2008 01:36 AM

[QUOTE=cleusk;6922]Wow! I didn't know they had to do all that extra stuff. Seems to me that the security department should be renamed the Jack-Of-All-Trades department.

I know I'm prejudiced on this, but I still think Ops is Jack-Of-All trades department. Rides, Park Service, Washdown just get us started. We also work ticket booths, metal detectors, bag checks, change bags, ride lockers, putting up barricades and cutting ropes for entertainment venues, set up 300 bales of hay for the hay maze for Fright Fest, getting called in the middle of the night to move Chap cars and Go-Karts so they don't get washed away when the park floods, hosing mud all night when the park floods so we can open on time, crowd control, you name it and OPS DOES IT. Not including the dirty stuff we have to do on work crew.
Sorry to toot the OPS horn but I bet you OPS people out there can back me up on this and include some things I missed.

cleusk August 10th, 2008 02:11 AM

I'm not a bit surprised. It's always the low man on the totem pole that gets the raw end of the stick.

JStroop August 11th, 2008 03:46 AM

Having spent quite a bit of time in both departments, I can't give one the nod over the other, Merv. I did a lot of stuff in Operations that Security would never do... and I did a lot of stuff in Security that Ops would never do. I will say that when I was in Ops I worked a lot harder than when I was in Security, but I needed more, and more varied skills in Security.

Merv's Ragin Surf August 15th, 2008 09:32 AM

You're right Stroop, more varied in Security. But like you said, seems like we get the hardest and dirtiest duties in OPS. Even weight testing get you filthy by the time you have to carry, load, and unload all those weights.

patrick19671 March 26th, 2009 09:45 PM

Uhhh YEA ok....
 
So this is Patrick (Pat) Martin.. if anyone who would like to remember. Who was that that gave me the nickname "Speedbump" out in the parking lot? hmmm. So whatever happened to the guy that FIRED ME in 85? Larry McGee....?? and Where the hell is The Chief? is he still sitting in his 83 Oldsmobile at the front gate under a tree?

Giant12 March 26th, 2009 10:50 PM

I worked for Larry at All Saint's hospital in Fort Worth for a couple of years back in the late 90's. He was the director of security out there. I haven't heard from him in a long time. Chief retired a while back.

Twisted March 27th, 2009 04:06 AM

I remember Bill Cruson from when I was working FrightFest. He always kept a close eye on us actors working the plaza, and made sure others did the same. Shortly after my last year there, I met his daughter-in-law at the park, who told me that he had since retired.

dispatcher188 March 6th, 2011 05:09 AM

Re: Security Duties at SFOT
 
as others have said on here, the metal detectors arrived in '96 with the passing of the concealed carry law...that was my first year and probably the reason I along with so many others were hired in Security that year, specifically as Front Gate Screeners

jaymack74 January 9th, 2012 05:42 PM

Re: Security Duties at SFOT
 
I've done both Ops and Security. I think both dept's do a lot, but Ops works harder, by far. The Security Officers will look at you like your crazy if you ask them for help with something physical.haha Most of them, anyway.

As for the detectors and the new employee entrance, for what my memory is worth I remember them doing it in 96. I know they were already in place by 97 and 98 is a definite no.

Donald January 10th, 2012 12:47 AM

Re: Security Duties at SFOT
 
When my hours where running low in Retail I was looking for other departments to work in the park that was when someone gave me a tip to talk to the front gate manger and I remember she said to me "what days you have off?" I was like "YES! I found work!!". Anyways I searched bags, ripped tickets, medal detector, stamped hands, sold parking lot tickets, and made season passes. I'm glad medal detector work and searching bags is now a security job because when you find something people like to argue pocket knifes were a big issue and people would get MAD when they find out they can't carry it with them in the park. I miss having fun with the metal detectors people would flood through them and when the BEEP would happen I would put out my hand and yell "HOLT!! BACK UP!! Check your pockets" that was fun times.

BradJ October 16th, 2014 02:05 AM

Re: Security Duties at SFOT
 
I worked security in 2009. I was handed a pinching trash picker upper along with my badge and radio. Just a little humiliating. But I kept my chin up. Sure kept me from bending over so much.

JABBS October 16th, 2014 12:11 PM

Re: Security Duties at SFOT
 
Poor you. I'm glad you were able to prop yourself up from such a demeaning act.


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