500-strong security force to patrol Pattaya Music Festival

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More than 500 police, soldiers and volunteers will be patrolling area streets during this week’s Pattaya Music Festival.

Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh met March 14 with municipal officers, traffic police, rescue squads, and volunteers to plan security for the March 18-20 festival, which spans Beach Road from the Central Road intersection to Soi 4.

Police will patrol the area and establish multiple checkpoints to check for weapons and drugs, as authorities this year have sounded a higher alert after 2015’s Bangkok shrine bombing and the Islamic State group siege on Paris.

City officials meet with municipal officers, traffic police, rescue squads, and volunteers to plan security for this week’s Pattaya Music Festival, which will see more than 500 police, soldiers and volunteers patrolling the area.

First aid stations will be established near the main stage at the Hard Rock Hotel and at Soi 8 and Beach Road. In addition, the Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation will be on standby to handle emergencies on both land and sea.

Bangkok Hospital Pattaya will be the main recipient of emergency cases brought by ambulance. Anticipating the usual Pattaya gridlock that occurs when city hall closes Beach Road – as it will be from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. all three days – emergency planners have prepped plans to transport accident victims via rubber boat up the coast to get around the road snarls.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Jirawat Sukonthasub, head of city hall’s municipal police force, said hard objects will not be allowed into the concert venues and security guards will be scattered liberally.

Fire trucks, bomb squads, sniffer dogs and closed-circuit surveillance cameras all will be deployed.