Improved Boston Marathon public safety plans announced

By Meghan Colloton


APRIL 12, 2014 6:04 PM


Boston city officials released their detailed public safety plans for this year’s Boston Marathon during a press conference at City Hall on Saturday. Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said runners and spectators can expect an increased police presence and more emergency medical services and emergency communications available on the day of the marathon.


Here are some of the specific improved public safety measures for the marathon:


Public Safety


- There will be an increased presence of uniformed and undercover police officers along the marathon route.

- More than 100 cameras have been installed along the marathon route in Boston. Around 50 “observation points” will be set up near the finish line to keep track of the crowd.

- Spectators are encouraged to leave large items, such as backpacks and strollers, at home. The items are not prohibited, but individuals may be subject to searches by officials.

- You can follow @bostonpolice on Twitter for marathon safety updates. Mayor Walsh has also said the city will use #marathonsmart to share important Boston Marathon information. You can also text “Boston” to 69050 if you are in an emergency.

Emergency Medical Services

- 13 ambulances will be positioned along the marathon route in Boston, which will support 24 ambulances providing service throughout Boston.

- 140 EMS personnel will be positioned along the marathon route in Boston. They can be found on bicycles, in utility vehicles, on foot patrol, and in medical tents, as well as crews covering the rest of the city.

- Four medical tents will be set up on the marathon route in Boston. The capacity of each tent has been increased to accommodate the increased number of runners.

- The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) will have a medical station on the Boston Common with a 30-bed ambulance bus ready if needed.

Emergency Communications

- Boston EMS will have personnel assigned to a coordination center at the State Emergency Operation Center in Framingham and the City of Boston Emergency Operations Center (EOC) monitoring the race.

- BPHC will have increased staffing.

- The Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center will be activated to coordinate activities among hospitals and assist with family reunification.

- The City of Boston’s EOC will be available to provide situational awareness, resource support, and coordination for the response and recovery in the event of an emergency.



For information about street closures and traffic advisories, visit here. City officials recommend that the public take advantage of the MBTA to and from Boston on Marathon Monday.


Trauma Counseling

The Boston Public Health Commission is offering a series of counseling sessions with trained clinicians to help people cope with the upcoming anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings as well.


Follow Meghan Colloton on Twitter at @BostonMeghan.