Update: Fire, EMS officials scrambling in wake of Ferguson decision

As the decision looms, responders are moving quickly and preparing for the worst

FERGUSON, Mo. — Fire and EMS officials have been preparing for this day for two weeks and are in the process of deploying.

This comes from a FireRescue1 source on the ground in Ferguson. He'll be updating us throughout the night.

The St. Louis area has been divided into three command areas. An emergency operating center has been established and running with mobile command units in each of the three sectors, our source says.

Also, EMS and pumper strike teams have been identified and will move into support the command centers once the verdict is announced.

In his news conference, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said the National Guard troops will be used to protect fire and EMS stations to ensure they can get to and from emergency scenes as needed. At the same conference, Director of Public Safety Dan Isom said the safety plan has been built over the past two months and takes every contingencie into account. 

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