08/28/12 99 W, 1 I - + 11 - 8 Charlotte Firefighters Prepare For DNC

Here's a WBTV story about the Charlotte Fire Department's preparation for the Democratic National Convention next week. Among their plans including assigning about 40 firefighters (working 12-hour shifts) to Uptown to respond only to convention calls, activating a third haz-mat team for Center City, and fully-staffing all of the city's 61 fire companies. (All vacations scheduled for that week were cancelled, the story notes.) About 30 fire inspectors will also be out at night and late night, enforcing fire codes at bars and restaurants. Perhaps readers can share a bit more. Read or watch the story.

And this Indy story provides a neat peek into the security at the DNC:


Date on which the Democratic National Convention begins in Charlotte: Sept. 3

Amount in federal funds the city will spend on security for the gathering, expected to draw 6,000 delegates and 30,000 visitors: $50 million

Number of officers the money will be used to hire from outside departments: 3,400

Miles of 9-foot-tall “anti-scale” fencing the funds will be used to purchase: about 5

Miles of concrete barriers the Secret Service has requested for the event: 2

Legeros - 08/28/12 - 08:24

I heard RPD is sending 180 officers down, almost set up like an off duty job where you have to take vacation to go but you get paid well.
PD - 08/28/12 - 20:57

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