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Firefighters, other rescuers come from near and far to help with recovery efforts in Kentucky

Crews and team members from within the state, plus Calif. and Texas have been dispatched


On Saturday, members of the Bowling Green Fire Department dug through the remains of a house destroyed by a tornado in Bowling Green, Ky.

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By Leila Merrill

MAYFIELD, Ky. — Firefighters and other rescuers from within Kentucky and from other states such as Texas and California have headed to hard-hit parts of the state.

The Lexington Fire Department dispatched people and equipment to Western Kentucky.

Andy Ball, Daviess County’s emergency management director, sent a search and rescue team to Dawson Springs, the Messenger-Inquirer reported.

Ball said that the Owensboro Fire Department has dispatched its heavy rescue team to Mayfield, a western Kentucky town devastated by the tornado.

And in Dawson Springs, firefighters from departments in Hopkins County and beyond were lending a hand.

Two FEMA incident management assistance teams were sent to assist with federal coordination efforts, the government agency said. FEMA also said more staffers and resources are ready to be deployed.

FEMA is in touch with emergency management officials Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee as tornado damage reports come in.

Two Sacramento firefighters are part of the California-FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Taskforce Incident Support Team, CBS13 reported.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent Texas A&M Task Force 1 to help with recovery efforts in western Texas, Fox 5 reported.