Tens of thousands of visitors in Pella is nothing new. The Pella EMS and Police Departments are using their experience gained from past Tulip Times, to prepare for any and all situations that may arise with the visit of RAGBRAI and it’s riders. The EMS will have extra staff strategically placed along the bike route, but will also have staff to cover the rest of the citizens everyday needs. The police department has a similar plan in place with all 15 full time, and five reserve officers on duty. Lt. Shane Cox says that while there will be a focus on the route and keeping riders safe, a portion of their staff will be patrolling the city as if it were a regular Thursday. Both departments remind citizens that if you have a problem or emergency, you should treat it as a normal day and call the proper authorities who will have staff in place to assist you.