HOUSTON – Houston Fire Department officials on Tuesday discussed their safety plan ahead of the World Series, in which the Houston Astros will face the Los Angeles Dodgers.
This will be the first time Houston has hosted the series since 2005.
The Astros will play the first two games of the best-of-seven series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Here are five things to know about the Houtson Fire Department's preperations for the World Series:
1.) Using Super Bowl 51 as a guide
Houston's Fire Department leaders say they're relying on their experience with Super Bowl 51 to get them through this week's upcoming World Series games.
"We worked on those preparations and plans for almost two years," said assistant executive chief Richard Mann.
2.) Placing extra staff and extra units at strategic locations to avoid anticipated traffic troubles
"we've tried to make sure we've reallocated our resources so that at no time will the citizens have any issue getting resources in 600 square miles in city of houston," said Assistant Chief Isaac Garcia.
3.) Minute Maid Park has its own EMS staff
HFD will be on hand to assist inside if necessary, but will primarily focus on potential emergencies around a "soft perimeter" outside the stadium.
4.) Bringing in reserve vehicles
As documented by Channel 2 News Investigates, HFD has been plagued by its aging and failing fleet. HFD says the units planned for the World Series are in good working order.
5.) Asking Major League Baseball to pay up
Overtime costs have also been an issue for HFD. The department says they'll ask MLB to reimburse them for some of the expenses.
"Obviously there will be an increased expense for this as there was for Super Bowl. The NFL was responsible for a portion of those costs and reimbursed some of the expenses of Super Bowl so it stands to reason we'll be making the same request to Major League Baseball for some of the expenses," Mann said.
More than 40,000 fans are expected to pack Minute Maid Park for Games 3 and Game 4 and, if necessary, Game 5.