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April 16, 2013

Local emergency personnel feel shockwaves of Boston bombings

Somerset —

Whenever a tragedy occurs like Monday’s bombings in Boston, the shockwaves are felt in communities all over the rest of the nation.
Such is the case in Pulaski County, where local law enforcement and emergency response personnel kept a close eye on the goings-on in one of the top 10 most populated cities.
“You review your policies (regularly), but when something like this happens, you watch and try to learn from these situations,” said Tiger Robinson, public safety director for Pulaski County. “You can learn from other people’s situations.”
Certainly, Somerset and other local communities are very different places from Boston, attracting much less attention from would-be terrorists, and any events here are on a much smaller scale than the Boston Marathon, one of the sporting world’s top annual events. Still, the region — a tourism hub — does have its share of regular activity, and situations like Monday’s keep emergency personnel on constant vigil.
“People don’t think about all of what we have, but we have some type of major event every week in this county,” said Robinson. “There’s always something to be on watch for, to be on guard for.”
Indeed, seven months out of the year, Somernites Cruise draws massive crowds to downtown Somerset. The Master Musicians Festival this summer could be the biggest in that event’s history. Robinson also mentioned events like SomerBlast and local sports tournaments as opportunities for emergencies to hit close to home.
“You can train for it and plan for it, but I’m thankful for the EMS people and local law enforcement,” said Robinson. “They patrol (events), keep a watch for things, and do a good job staying prepared. ... We’ve got some of the best law enforcement out there. It’s a team effort.”

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