[REACT-LIST] REACT Team 4800 Fourth of July Event

Howard Pepper ac4fs at brighthouse.com
Wed Jul 5 10:54:16 EDT 2017

While most Americans were waking up to begin their Fourth of July
festivities, the members of REACT team 4800 in Flagler County Florida
were just getting started on what would be a very long day for them. 
Team 4800 has been assisting the Flagler Beach police department, in one
way or another, with the "Fabulous Fourth" event since 1986.

This event consists of a parade in the morning, followed by a fireworks
display in the evening.  The team's current involvement includes
assisting with the parade line-up, starting before 8:00 AM, followed by
crowd and traffic control assistance during and after the parade. 
Beginning around 6:00 PM, team members rove around Flagler Beach,
assisting law enforcement by providing a visible presence around the
town, and reporting any problems (overly beveraged revelers, fights,
etc...), ensuring the majority of attendees have a good experience.

Just before the fireworks start, the team members arrive at their
assigned posts to provide crowd and traffic control assistance after the
fireworks show is over, to protect the pedestrians making their way on
and off the beach, and around town, and to flow the traffic out of
Flagler Beach as smoothly as possible.  By the time traffic resumes its
normal flow, it is well past 11:00 PM.  After a quick debrief, the
tired, sore, and sunburned team members finally depart, another
"Fabulous Fourth" event completed safely and successfully.

Howard Pepper
REACT Team 4800

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