Barney McGhee, Brentford FC Safety Officer, has issued the following message ahead of the 2017/18 season.
"Welcome everyone to the new season. Could I take this opportunity of welcoming you all to Griffin Park and here’s hoping for a successful season. Could I take this opportunity to share the following important safety message……
Three points isn't the only priority at home matches. Making sure everyone goes home safe is the most important result. Brentford FC has been working closely with the police and the EFL, over the summer, to review security at Griffin Park. Now we are asking you to do your bit.
Following the dreadful Manchester Arena bombing in May, stadium managers from clubs have been briefed by counter terrorism police. It is vital that everyone - players, staff and supporters - remain vigilant and report any concerns to stewards or police. Attacks might be rare, and the chance of you being caught up in one unlikely, but the message is #ActionCountersTerrorism.
Here's a quick reminder of what you can do to help keep yourself and others safe:
- Arrive early, allowing more time for security checks
- Minimise what you carry, fewer bag searches will speed up entry to the ground
- Be vigilant at all times and if you see anything suspicious, tell a steward right away
- If you see anything that could pose an immediate threat to safety, call 999
- In an emergency, listen to the Public Address instructions and follow them
- If told to evacuate, do so immediately, do not wait around to film events on your mobile
- Move right away from the stadium as quickly as possible for your safety and to allow clear access for any emergency vehicles
- Once you are safe, follow the local police force on Twitter for updates
Thank you all for your assistance."