The Salem News
---- — 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.
“There really are no words to describe the tragic and senseless acts that took place yesterday,” said Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll. “Our thoughts go out to all of the victims and their families in this time of tremendous sorrow. Salem stands ready to offer any and all assistance we can to our neighbors and friends in Boston. We are united as a commonwealth and as a country in the face of these terrible acts. Salem is prepared to do all that we can to see that the cowards responsible for yesterday’s atrocities are brought to justice.”
Any witness who may have information concerning yesterday’s attack is asked to contact the Boston Police at 1-800-494-TIPS (8477). Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s hotline for the families of victims is 617-635-4500. The Red Cross is also maintaining a registry of people from the event at https://safeandwell.communityos.org.