Mayor Martin Walsh describes safety plans in place for Boston Marathon
As millions of runners gear up for the 119th Boston Marathon, Boston officials are taking safety precautions. On Friday, Mayor Martin Walsh released plans to ensure a successful and safe Marathon Monday.
Walsh said that over 100 cameras will be active along the route and over 50 observation points will be set up around the finish line area. There will be hundreds of uniformed Boston Police officers, along with undercover officers on the race route. Members of the Boston Fire Department will be walking along the race course, utilizing alleys and adjacent roadways. The Marathon course will also be monitored by air.
"We have worked together collaboratively, with the Boston Police Department, and all of our partners, to keep everyone safe," Walsh said. "We also ask the public for vigilance, and are encouraging everyone, if you see something, say something,"
Although items like backpacks and strollers are not banned, Walsh encouraged spectators to leave them at home. However people that decide to carry large items may be subject to search.
Emergency Medical Services will include 140 personnel on foot, on bicycles, in utility vehicles and medical tents throughout the Boston portion of the race route. The Boston Public Health Commission will have two large medical tents at the finish line and a small medical station on the Boston Common complete with a 30-bed ambulance.
Many Boston streets will be closed to vehicle traffic and parking in the days leading up to the event. Walsh strongly urged spectators to utilize the MBTA.
Walsh also reminded everyone to call 9-1-1 in an emergency situation and to follow @bostonpolice on Twitter for safety updates.