Staying Safe And Cool At Warped Tour

July 17, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 3:51 PM EDT

By WKBW News

July 17, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 3:51 PM EDT

DARIEN CENTER, NY (WKBW-TV) - It was a battle on all levels for concert goers attending the annual warped tour at Darien Lake.
long lines and checkpoints just to get in and then mother nature with temperatures soaring into the mid-90's.

"Obviously are main concerns are heat stroke or exhaustion," said Sgt. Steven Mullen with the Genesee County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff deputies along with Darien Lake security set up checkpoints before cars could park for the concert.

"Our goal is to be proactive to keep people safe rather than be reactive after somebody is abused or used to much alcohol, drugs or is engaged in reckless behavior," Mullen said.

While checking for underage drinking officials are also reminding people to stay hydrated and passing out a few tips.

"Limit your time in the sun, try to find some shade and the biggest thing is consume plenty of water," said Greg Kellogg, Safety, Security and Loss Prevention Manager for Darien Lake.

There are numerous medical and e-m-s services on scene along with security patrolling the parking lots looking anyone that needs assistance as the heat index swelters towards 100.

"Our employees are no different from any of our guests here today," replied Kellogg.

Hundreds of policemen, traffic controllers and seasonal employees are on their feet helping to ensure a fun afternoon. Darien Lake is also keeping their health and well being in mind.

"Employees are provided with breaks, we have water available people can go into air conditioned buildings to seek shelter out of the heat," Kellogg said.