As COVID-19 impacts almost every aspect of the entertainment industry, ETCP Certified Technicians, with support of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), are putting their expertise and available equipment to use to help aid the emergency field hospitals.
Michael Barnes, IATSE International Vice-President and Business Agent for Local 8 said, “This is spreading way too quickly, and we felt like we have to do something to help. If you are helping you can’t feel helpless, and that is not where we want to be. IATSE Locals across the country are contacting governors state-by-state to offer their expertise in the installation of temporary structures to assist in the development of emergency field hospitals for COVID-19.”
ETCP Recognized Employer, Proof Productions, LLC; is taking the lead in adapting the formula designed by the Army Corps of Engineers to provide the health-care workers a more dynamic space. Because of the industry-wide shut down, they have both a skilled workforce and equipment available. As soon as the plan is in place, the equipment will be power washed, sanitized, shrink-wrapped, and delivered to the available locations to begin the installation.
The Entertainment technicians’ ingenuity and problem-solving skills will be effective tools in creating ways for the healthcare workers to transform the space based on an evolving needs basis. “Usually, when remote locations like this are set up, the lights are either on or they are off. A programmable intelligent lighting console with DMX allows maximum flexible within the space. For instance, should brighter lights become necessary in triage, but dimmer lights are needed in the patient area because it allows them to rest more easily while they recover, we can make this happen with the touch of a button,” said Stephen McEntee, owner of Proof Productions.
One of the innovations allows Go-Pros with live feeds to be installed in grid with cameras that can keep eyes on multiple patients and areas of the space at once, which provides an extra layer of security the ability to monitor a greater number of patients.
For more information please contact ETCP Certification Manager Meredith Moseley-Bennett at [email protected]