Kentucky first responders prepare to go to Florida to help with Irma cleanup

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Michael Poynter along with 30 other first responders are gearing up to head towards a hurricane strike zone.

"We're preparing to deploy down to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma," Poynter said.

Hurricane Irma has ripped through the Carribean and touched down in Florida, Sunday.

Poynter, Executive Director with the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services says they are taking 12 special vehicles to help rescue people in need.

"I think that Irma is going to cause a lot of damage," he said. "I think the infrastructure is going to be effected, longer than we first expected. So that's where we can try to come in and subsidize their infrastructure a little more solid."

Poynter says this is a mission they're prepared for. He says right now their main concern is saving lives.

"We might be evacuating hospitals or we could be making 911 calls for one of the metropolitan areas," he told WKYT. We don't know yet, it's just where ever they need us."

He says this is not his first run in with a natural disaster. He was there for Hurricane Katrina and Mathew and now he's ready to help once again.

"When we take our tools and our experience and our technology down we're hoping we can make a difference in Florida," Poynter said.

Poynter says the team will leave Monday at 7 a.m. and they will set up in Tallahassee, Florida.

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