[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1366162073&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4020232&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1366162073 type=script]TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT)- The bombings during Monday’s Boston Marathon are making organizers all over the world re-think security measures and protocol. Tuscaloosa is set to host the annual A-Day game on Saturday, which has attracted over 500,000 fans the past six years. According to Sgt. Brent Blankley of the Tuscaloosa Police Department, there will not be any more officers on duty than a normal Alabama home game. He says they are confident that detail will be more than enough to ensure a safe game day experience.
The tragedies in Boston still have first responders checking their methods and procedures. “[There are] so many situations you can’t think of, you just train and prepare and hope you’re ready for the worst,” says Executive Officer Rusty Lowe with the Hoover Fire Department.
Hoover uses a Technical Response Truck for catastrophic situations. “It has all sorts of extraction equipment,” explains Lowe. “If someone was trapped in a collapsed structure, we could use these hydraulic tools to remove the object that may have the people trapped.” The firefighters assigned to the truck are trained in high angle rescue, mass casualty situations, swift water rescue, and bomb scenes.
Alabama’s A-Day is set to kick-off at 2pm, and admission is free to the public. Auburn will also play their A-Day on Saturday, starting at 1:05.