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April 16, 2013

North Shore police officers, firefighters assist after Boston Marathon bombing

Salem police motorcycle units are on stand-by for today, as police Chief Paul Tucker meets with the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs Association to coordinate with Boston command staff for a briefing on what will be needed in the short term in the wake of yesterday's bombings during the Boston Marathon.

Two members of the Salem Fire Department who are members of the National Guard have been activated as well, according to a press release from Mayor Kim Driscoll's office.

Yesterday, the Salem Police Department deployed Rapid Response Team officers, civilian dispatchers trained in incident management, and two K-9 units to assist Boston Police and the FBI in the response and ongoing investigation around the attacks.

In a status update on its Facebook page, the Beverly Fire Department wrote that a group of Beverly firefighters were among those staffing a volunteer security sector at the intersection of Boylston and Exeter streets, outside the Lenox Hotel, yesterday when the explosions went off.

"...The firefighters, as well as dozens of other volunteers, assisted with evacuation of uninjured civilians and also provided emergency care to several of the most severely injured spectators. Throughout the threat of secondary devices, the firefighters stayed with their victims providing comfort as they tended to their injuries," the update continues.

According to the post, all of Beverly's personnel made it home safely.

Locally, police presence at the Salem commuter rail station will be increased. Salem is a member of the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, which briefs member municipalities on existing threats in the area, and there are currently no threats. Nevertheless, Salem Police and Fire departments remain on alert and are coordinating with the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council. Residents are advised to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity or packages to the Salem police at 978-744-1212.

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