First-Responders Prepare for SXSW Emergencies with Mobile Units

AUSTIN (Nexstar) - After two of the three recent package bombings in Austin coincided with South by Southwest, some festival fans are fearful of a similar disaster at the massive event.

Investigators say they do not believe there is a connection between the attacks and SXSW. Austin-Travis County EMS has dispatched extra medics and resources to the downtown area for the annual event.

The goal is to provide quick medical care in case of an emergency, and ease the burden on local emergency rooms.

"I was really scared because a bombing is a big situation," SXSW attendee Kimberly Quiroz-Negron said.

Another attendee, Sean Colopy, said he was aware of the recent explosions, but did not want them to affect his SXSW experience.

"There's definitely always that possibility that something could happen no matter where you are," Colopy said.

Starting Tuesday, ATCEMS brought in extra medics and supplies, including motorcycles, four-wheelers and a tent to treat patients in an emergency.

"There is no higher priority in this city right now other than these events that are happening, and the response to them," Austin Mayor Steve Adler said Monday night about the increased first responder presence during SXSW.

The setup downtown is part of an annual festival response for ATCEMS. Officials said they are prepared for a disaster of any scale.

"The most important thing for people to know, is we're a safe city, and we'll continue to be a safe city," Adler added.

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