Wyoming Hospital Increases Security before Bikers Hit Town

May 4, 2006
Hospital steps up plans for prox card and lockdown system before Hells Angels rally

West Park Hospital in Cody, Wyoming, will be near five-day rally of Hells Angels members that is their "World Run". Because of that coming gathering of a motorcycle group known for its lawlessness, the hospital is deciding to increase its security, reports the Cody Enterprise newspaper.

According to the newspaper, the hospital will be upgrading its access control system with a new system for issuing of cards to the employees of the West Park Hospital.

Dealer/integrator Communication Systems Inc. of Casper, Wyo., won the bid for the access badge system, and has a technician based in the town. According to hospital administrators, the bike rally was not the sole impetus for the announced increase in hospital security. Officials said the hospital had planned a security upgrade anyway, and the timeframe was simply pushed forward to deal with the influx of riders.

The Cody Enterprise reports that the hospital is going with a proximity card type of system to active the hospital's doors, plus electronic oversight for doors that would allow a lock-down in the event of a health or security emergency.

Law enforcement planners say there could be as many as 1,200 bikers entering Cody for the World Run, which will take place July 26-30.