Why was mass casualty technology deployed 3 days before the Boston Marathon for the first time, preceding an actual bombing attack rare to American history?
BOSTON, MA – APRIL 15: People walk near Kenmore Square after two bombs exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Two people are confirmed dead and at least 23 injured after two explosions went off near the finish line to the marathon. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
April 16, 2013
In what can only be described as either a strange coincidence or a pre-planned measure, mass casualty equipment was deployed to the Boston Marathon ahead of the bombings that took place Monday at the Patriot’s Day event.
A press release dated April 14, 2013 reads;
From: OPEN Incorporated- SafetyPAD
Boston EMS is deploying a new, off-the-shelf, lightweight mobile device for the first time at the Boston Marathon on April 15.
The platform, from SafetyPAD, is intended for use in mass-casualty situations gives EMS personnel the ability to carry into crowds and assess a patient upon arrival, document in realtime, transmit data to transport units before they arrive, and other features.
Boston EMS will utilize the new Android-based program for bike and gator teams along race route.