Laredo First Responders React To Explosion In West, Tx
Apr 18, 2013 at 4:47 PM CST
Apr 18, 2013
Eloy Vega tells us the fire chief has been in contact with the state operation center to receive updates on the explosion. If the city of west needs the help of the Laredo Fire Department, Vega says they're ready. First, they must make sure Laredo would not suffer by sending resources to West. "If we were to be called upon and the approval is given by our local leadership, then we're prepared to respond." In a press conference, the sheriff of McLennan county said they do not need any more help. Vega says that's not uncommon to turn people away. He recalls a similar situation when ambulances were requested during hurricane Rita and were not used. He says the last thing you want is for volunteers to be under utilized. "All it takes is the faint cry of help and you'll see the tremendous and overwhelming response of first responders that want to help. That's all it takes. That's how we do business here in Texas." The firefighters are trained for situations like chemical explosions that require specially trained hazmat teams. "If an explosion were to happen here, fire fighters would have to wear gear that would protect them from vapors and chemicals." "That will encapsulate them and completely isolate them." Hearing that volunteer fire fighters are still missing leaves Vega with a heavy heart, knowing these fire fighters risk their lives on a daily basis. "All the firefighters want to go home at the end of the day. They want to go back to their families and their families are waiting for them." Vega says they will continue to keep a close eye on the small town near Dallas if they do request help.