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Voting tomorrow is expected to be at record turnout. I thought I'd take a minute to give you some insight into what that means from a public safety perspective even in a small town like Cumberland, Maine.
First, with polls opening at 7am and a heavy turnout expected in the morning, we're going to have to staff the Town Hall with a fire watch crew. That happens because we expect the building to be over-capacity during that time. Next, since the town hall is on the main road that connects the center of town where our Central fire station is with what we call the "Foreside" (the east end of town close to the water) we'll be stationing a fire engine and crew -- Engine 1 -- at a location on the foreside. I'll have that crew and we'll respond first to any incident on that side of town. This is to prevent having to race through a dangerously crowded road with pedestrians trying to walk from make-do parking on both sides of the street. With this much activity we'll probably also have crew standing by at our Central station.
That's before anything even happens. Add to that the police department which will probably have a similar kind of planned response and you can see how much work goes into making sure the public is protected during the process. We're a town of 7500 people. Imagine what Boston, New York, Chicago, and other big cities must be having to do.
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