State Concert Safety Task Force hopes to make recommendations to Governor Abbott this spring

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HOUSTON – On Wednesday in San Antonio, Governor Greg Abbott’s Texas Concert Safety Task Force met for the fifth time in less than two months. On Friday afternoon, Brendan Anthony, chair of the task force, spoke to KPRC 2 Investigates, admitting that many are closely monitoring the recommendations the committee is working on.

“I know people watch what we do, and I know they pay attention to what we do,” said Anthony.

Recommendations are already discussed and taken into consideration.

Mark Herrera is not only a member of the task force, but he is also the director of safety and security for the International Association of Site Managers based in North Texas.

A more unified and structured presence of first responders inside the sites was also discussed, according to HFD Union president and task force member Marty Lancton.

“Firefighters, EMS and police departments responding to 911 calls must be part of the command and control of any incident like this or any event,” Lancton said.

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Not all of the industry experts who attended the in-depth meetings are from Texas or even the United States. The working group also received experienced contributions from Europe.

“We’ve had experts asking the stranger to join us and give us some insight, and they’ve been wonderful,” said Anthony.

As to when Anthony expects the recommendations to go to Gov. Abbott, he said, “We don’t want to rush these recommendations, but we want to get them out in a timely manner. If we can by mid-spring, that would be wonderful.

Since the launch of the task force, those involved have been committed to creating the recommendations, according to the president.

“People gave a lot of their time,” said Anthony.

However, when KPRC 2 Investigates asked if any of the organizers of the Astroworld festival had contacted the working group to share information, Anthony provided a four word answer; “Not at this time.”

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The Texas Concert Safety Task Force is scheduled to meet for the sixth time next month.

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