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Lexington fire crews helping in storm cleanup

The Lexington Fire Department sent manpower and equipment to aid with the situation in West Liberty. The fire department deployed one ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital in Mt. Sterling, to take the injured to other hospitals around central Kentucky. This was done in conjunction with other counties through BEMSA (Bluegrass Emergency Medical Services Alliance).

The fire department has also sent several units to West Liberty as part of a BERT (Bluegrass Emergency Response Team) activation. The Lexington Fire Department sent a collapse trailer, heavy rescue truck Rescue 1, a Haz Mat supervisor, and several personnel. Other counties are deploying personnel as well to help with the effort.

BERT is designed to allow regional assets to be deployed to disasters utilizing personnel from multiple agencies so as not to deplete any one fire department too drastically.

The Lexington rescue personnel are part of the federal disaster response plan and can be called upon for deployment anywhere in the world. They have thousands of hours of training and hands on experience including search and rescue, and building collapse rescue.

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