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The same technology that helped keep Super Bowl XLVI safe will be part of safety plan during next month’s Mini Marathon.

Homeland Security will have their eyes not only on the finish line, but everywhere, to make the Mini super safe. Animation used during the Super Bowl in Indianapolis will help achieve that goal.

The technology not only maps out the city in 3-D for crowd control training, but also uses cameras to give Homeland Security workers eyes everywhere.

“They are going to get a bigger view, a 10,000-foot view of everything going on, not only downtown, but the entire Mini course and throughout the city,” said Homeland Security Director Gary Coons.

While the same high-tech system records street-level activities, giving police the quick reaction necessary, metro-area first responders are going through the same bomb response and preparedness training held in Boston earlier this year.

Indianapolis Paramedic Travis Stoffel is one of 29 students learning what to do first on the scene of a disaster.

“It was just our reminder that any run we go on, it could be a disaster, something unexpected,” said Stoffel.

First responders are taught after being first on the scene, they should look for more danger, because that danger may not be over.

“We try to impress upon our students that if there is one bomb, there will be another and they have to maintain a level of awareness to protect themselves against that,” said emergency training expert John Rinard.

The bomb readiness training goes hand-in-hand with the tech used by Homeland Security. Since the Mini Marathon draws huge crowds, officials will plan for the worst with confidence that this will be the best Mini yet

Source: WTHR