Elected officials will be taken hostage this weekend, but it's only a drill

Some 2,000 police officers, firefighters and EMTs will converge on several locations in the area this weekend for simulated "public safety incidents" that could include sirens and the sound of gunfire, the mayor's office reports.

Among the incidents, between 9 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday: An "active shooter" in Brookline; a rescue of "hostage" elected officials in Boston; a bomb on the T, an injured officer in Cambridge, a parking-lot collapse in Boston and a massive event at the South Boston convention center.

The goal of the "Urban Shield" exercise is to see how large numbers of first responders deal with several multiple incidents at once.

Urban Shield: Boston will run for a 24-hour period. As a result residents may observe public safety personnel responding to simulated emergencies. Each scenario will be run multiple times, and residents should not to be alarmed. There is no danger to anyone in the area, and exercises will be done in cordoned-off areas away from the public.

Simulated hostage taking at the Cleveland Circle Cinema, 2012.

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      The term "elected"

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      Obviously means nothing to you. Politicians are imposed on us,from wherever. We have no control.

      Yawn.

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      For the simulation

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      Make sure they pick elected officials that the public would actually pay money to rescue.

      ...whoever that might be

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      Two letters

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      OT......

      CHACHING!