Yes, I know I’ve been AWOL, for a while, but from August 2nd until August 8th (today) I was out working the 2018 music festival where I go camping.
Thursday isn’t much to note. Got assigned to traffic duties, the same as last year, because there is 2 driveways before the driveway that lead to the parking/ camping area, & people failed to read the signs saying it is up farther. So, Thursday our “shift” was handling that.
Friday, wasn’t to bad, but was a bit of the same thing. Later Friday night, we met the Owner/ President of the security company that was hired for the weekend & went along with the company owner & park owner while he gave the security owner a run down/ tour of the park.
During that tour, I also learned that because the park owner actually owns the land, that me & my friend can be classified as in house security, despite the fact neither of us hold a security license at all. The security company owner we also learned, was/ is a federal peace officer with Corrections Canada. We also hungout with the night shift security on Friday as well.
Saturday was the big day. Festival area opened at 1:30. Great crowd. Few people who were disappointed that it was no longer a bring your own booze event, which was unfortunately a last minute change, but instead of having it be a dry event, they had a bar in the festival area, with drink tickets at $3 each, so it wasn’t bad. Midnight & later on Saturday night/ Sunday morning was when SHTF. I won’t disclose to many details, but simply put, drunk lady, 2 contracted security staff, my friend & park director trying to find where she was staying, & then her being locked out, because her husband/ boyfriend (found out later on Sunday it was her husband) was out like a light, & had locked their trailer, & she had no keys, no wallet/ ID, & no phone.
Flash ahead to about 12:55. The decision had been brought up to call the police, because she is walking around drunk, screaming & is getting hostile with my friend. 12:58-ish while my friend was trying to help her find her trailer/ try get her to settle down, I guess another drunk came at him, who was telling him to leave her alone, which in turn caused him to discreetly, but quickly push the panic button on the radio, which in turn (obviously) set off mine. I was just having a short talk about my night with a friend I’ve been friends with since we were 2 years old, after I had written down/ texted the blue sign #at the driveway which I’ve been told Police, Fire or EMS do need to get to your location, but then had to go find night security to let him know of the decision to call the police, but never made it to find him in person because the SHTF/ panic/ emergency alarm had went off, not even 10 seconds after hopping in the truck, which I’m pretty sure this friend I was just talking to heard. To say the least, I took off from where I was like a bat out of hell, with my friend & all her friends just looking because I did not back up & take off “peacefully/ easily” (R.I.P. my tires) & was up there in a few seconds, listening to the open mic of his radio (his radio is set to set off the alarm silently on his end, & then open the mic for about a minute), after muting the alarm tone (See the “P.S.” at the end). On the way there, I called Ron & Eric (night shift security staff) to get up there now. Once we finally found each other, Ron parked his car & hopped in my truck (remember where we were going is/ was in a field, & was off the only set path/ road in the field, so full of holes, probably a few rocks, etc. which definitely isn’t car friendly, & he had shown up on the other side of the fence, so considering the situation, coming all the way around with his car was definitely not the best idea to get there quick), while Eric just walked, & we finally we met up with my partner/ friend & in the process of asking where she was, had another group of people agree, that, yes, we should call the police. So, 911 was dialed. Situation was explained, transferred to RCMP, & they sent 2 units out. Me & night shift lead (Ron) went down to meet them, & I was expecting them to take at least a few minutes, so I pulled in the driveway, & was in the process of making a U-turn to face the highway & wait. I was just about to backup & wait, when Ron suddenly said “They’re here”. So, we talked to them shortly, & then they followed me up to the field where all festival campers were staying. We parked just inside the fence & continued on foot. When we did find her again, she had settled down. RCMP got her up, & started asking where she’s staying, what’s going on tonight, etc. Me & Ron went to talk to the park director which inevitably had showed up, since I’m realizing now, I think she was inside the gates in her vehicle, when the RCMP showed up, & followed me out to the field. Simply put, we had to tell her exactly what happened. So, we had walked up to her vehicle & quietly I hear just before I get to her window, “Paul, what’s going on?”. All I say is the lady she had in her truck trying to find where she was staying, we had to call the cops on her & then Ron took over in explaining the situation. After we finished explaining to her what happened, we walk back & I see them closing the back door on the one RCMP unit. Next time I see this lady, is in cuffs in the back seat & then he closed the door. But that was short-lived, because she wouldn’t sit up properly, so he opened the door again, & asked if someone could hold his flashlight while he gets her on the seat properly (she was laying down on her stomach, & he had to lift her feet up on the seat). Ended up being me holding his light, since the other officer was taking my partner’s statement about what happened. Either way, that ended that situation. After that, me & Ron went to notify the park owner/ owner’s son (Kyle) because Ron had made him aware of the likelihood of cops being called.
Anyways, Saturday night we finally got back at around 2 am & last time I saw before I went to sleep was 2:30. I would’ve returned earlier, but I’ve been camping out there all my life, & had to be present when 911 was dialed to answer questions about where we were, spelling of the park name, etc.
Sunday, was uneventful during the day, & in turn was uneventful after midnight as we turned in & let Ron & Eric handle the night shift that night. Obviously, this night is/ was the last time we’d be seeing them, so before we returned to the truck, we all said our goodbyes/ shook hands, & in turn both got comments that it was great working with us & also learned from Ron, that they already have the contract for next year’s music festival. It was also mentioned when we returned to our trailer, that the security company owner, wasn’t happy with the fact my partner was out there himself with that lady in the first place.
Anyways, this is one of my longer posts in a while, but it detailed the main event, which was Saturday night/ Sunday morning having the panic button pressed, & calling the cops, which I definitely hope doesn’t happen next year. I am also glad that we had our radios programmed with the emergency function. I will be heading into town sometime soon, & getting my radio reprogrammed to silently send an alarm, & to have the open mic for so many seconds, just like my partner’s.
That’s all for now at 8:58 PM… Until next time…. 😛
P.S. For those wondering about the emergency alarm, & what I heard on my end, please view this video. While we only used portables/ handhelds this weekend because we have no need to run mobile radios like the one in that video, the alarm/ beeping tone heard in that video is the exact same thing I heard, before pressing my orange button once to mute that tone on my end & to listen to the open mic.