ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – For the past eight months St. Louis City, Fair St. Louis officials, first responders and hospitals have developed an emergency plan for Fair St. Louis.
Because of the size of Forest Park, as opposed to the riverfront, more planning had to be done for this year’s fair and how first responders will enter and exit the park.
Cars will be forbidden from parking on the streets in order to provide room for emergency vehicles. Ambulances will be secondary for those who are sick or injured. ATV's will be the main form of transportation for medics.
Since the park has so many ponds, lakes and streams the entire coastline of water bodies in the park have been mapped and depth measured. Firefighters did the mapping because of the proximity of people to water in the park for the fair.
Overall, the issue is space. They have a lot more ground to cover than down at the Arch grounds, and there will be plenty of people. In fact we may see the largest crowd in Forest Park since the return of Charles Lindbergh from France.