Tulsa Police/Fire Prepared in Wake of Boston
The crime scene is 1,600 miles away, but for the men and women in public safety, that's right next door.
"We want to get as much intelligence as we can as quickly as we can," said Tulsa police chief Chuck Jordan, explaining why TPD has been in touch with Boston authorities.
"We asked questions that will determine if there was a problem for us here in Tulsa, Oklahoma, or nationwide that could cascade into Tulsa," he said.
Meanwhile at the Tulsa Fire Department Training Academy.
"We're going over large scale incidents right now," said Stan May of the Tulsa Fire Department.
Training for the national incident management system, a program that ensures everyone's working together and out of the same playbook when chaos erupts, as Boston receives praise for a smooth emergency response.
"They made those arrangements before hand, when you try to get into an area that has a couple hundred thousand extra visitors, it would take a half hour to get to the scene, but they already had those pre-staged," said May.
"They had everything set in place, from medical to fire, to police to respond to such an event anticipating that something could happen," said Jordan.
Staying connected, staying prepared. A proactive effort to always be ready for the worst.
"We're playing a chess game with folks who are very violent, and we've got to stay a move or two ahead of them," said Jordan.
Statement from Police Chief Chuck Jordan---
The Tulsa Police Department, as is all of America, is horrified by the events in Boston today.
The citizens of Tulsa can rest assured that we are assessing any possible impact on the Tulsa area. We have been in constant contact with appropriate intelligence agencies since the events occurred to determine if there are any national or local Tulsa implications to the Boston incident.
At this time, there does not seem to be any threat to Tulsa or any other location but we will continue to monitor the situation.
We will continue assessing any anticipated crowd events in Tulsa as well. Since 911 we always consider any possible terrorist activity at large gatherings and we will continue to do so.
The men and women of the Tulsa Police Department are committed to keeping our citizens safe. We will use any and all resources at our disposal to ensure that safety.
As always, we ask for the help of our public. If you see something, say something.
Chief of Police