News 12 First at Five / Monday, April 8, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Thousands are expected to be in town for Masters Week, and city leaders say keeping everyone safe is priority number one. Richmond County's fire chief is preparing for the worst but hoping for the best.
Firefighters and emergency personnel are working around the clock this week just in case they're needed.
More people means more cars and more private planes and that could lead to more accidents.
"With all the extra people in town, we are definitely on our toes," said City Administrator Fred Russell.
"We develop a masters plan so we can be ready for Masters Week," said Fire Chief Chris James.
City leaders have been preparing safety plans for Masters Week 2013 for a while.
"When you have your largest population, you have to make sure staff is available to address any situations," James said.
Although there hasn't been any safety problems in years past for Masters Week, they're staying proactive.
"It takes a lot of planning and effort to put these things together," Russell said.
"We take additional units and adjust them around town. We put a small mini pumper in service," James said.
From a fire at Augusta National or a possible plane crash, safety is number one.
"We adjusted the fire companies around. We have some additional companies on Highland Avenue to be able to respond to Daniel Field," James said.
James says for a tournament this size, it's just common sense to have a master plan.
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