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TRD Spring Boot Camp:
TENT
CONFERENCE
Training for the tent professional
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" Training like this is
crucial to attend to
grow your business,
install and takedown
tents safely and to
train your crews on
the safety needs in the
field and warehouse. "
-Kevin Vasquez
he Spring TRD Boot Camp was held
at Made in the Shade Rentals in West
Sacramento, Calif. The event kicked off
on March 14 with a welcome reception
hosted by the owners of Made in the
Shade-Nancy and Donald Vasquez-
along with new TRD board member
Kevin Vasquez and his brother Donny.
The following day saw the official
start of the event with over 60 attendees
traveling from as far away as Hawaii. The
focus of their training was on safety, both
during installations and public usage, so
it was no surprise that the day's events
began with an overview of basic safety
in the workplace, the required protective
safety equipment needed and what items
should be included in a basic first aid kit.
Next was a session led by TRD Vice
Training leads Justin Beckman, Kevin Vasquez
and Steve Belliveau kick off the hands-on
training with a structure install. Photo courtesy
of Nick Deninno, B&R Innovations.
Chairman Nick Deninno on ballasting for
engineered and non-engineered tents.
This subject was particularly timely
as there is a growing need to properly
secure tents without the use of standard
staking. The process of calculating the
needed ballast amounts for specific sized
engineered and non-engineered tent
products was also demonstrated in the
field later in the day.
Attendees were then given the opportunity
to ask a panel of experienced
tent professionals their most pressing
questions as well as discuss the unique
concerns of this industry. The panel was
moderated by Alex Kouzmanoff, Aztec
Tents, and comprised of Kevin Vasquez,
Tommy Wilson from All Occasions
Event Rental, Kyle Richardson with L&A
Tent Rentals and Nick Deninno with
B&R Innovations.
After lunch, it was time for the real,
hands-on portion of the event. Training
was focused on the proper ballasting of
traditional frame tents and structure installations,
including interior and exterior
rigging, and alternate anchoring. The
session concluded with a demonstration
from a Hilti representative on anchoring
as well as the new silica standards.
" Training like this is crucial to attend to
grow your business, install and take down
tents safely and to train your crews on the
safety needs in the field and warehouse, "
says Vasquez. " My company, Made in the
Shade Tent Rentals, has always pushed forward
with new techniques, safer ideas and
better processes in our company. When it
comes to safety and training, we love to
keep pushing to new heights and making
sure our staff goes home to their families
at night the same way they came in. "
That concluded the 2023 Spring TRD
Bootcamp and the attendees returned
home armed with an incredible amount
of valuable knowledge and hands-on
experience. The TRD's goal of providing
education and training on industry best
practices is vital to ensuring the safety of
event attendees as well as tent and event
rental employees.
Be sure to join TRD for training and
networking at Tent Expo, January 16-18,
2024, at ONE DAYTONA in Daytona Beach,
Fla. For more details, visit textiles.org/
tentexpo.
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