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San Antonio Reaches Out to West

By KTSA News Staff

The San Antonio area has reached out to the community of West in the aftermath of the fertilizer plant explosion which has left that town devastated.

"We have at this time deployed a three member medical team to that location" said Deborah Foster with the San Antonio Fire Department. She told 550 KTSA News an even bigger presence is expected there.

"We have an Executive Team made up of Fire Chief Charles Hood, Deputy Chief Noel Horan--and Lawrence Trevino--who is our Emergency Management Coordinator here in the City of San Antonio" Foster said. Those three will determine what additional assistance they can provide--which might be needed in West.

In the hours immediately after the blast, the Schertz Fire Department also stepped up to help out.

"Last night about 9 o'clock we were requested by the Department of State Health Services to deploy our ambus to West... to transport casualties to the hospital" said Director of Eemergency Medical Services Dudley Wait. He told 550 KTSA News the ambus--which can transport large numbers of patgients to the hospital--is on standby in case it is needed further. 

Meanwhile, the San Antonio Chapter of the American Red Cross is on standby--should they get the call for help.

"If we get the call--we'll be ready to respond accordingly" said Rafael Aviles with the Red Cross, adding "We've put our emergency response vehicles on standby."

Aviles told 550 KTSA News the chapter's teams could be on the road within fifteen minutes of getting a call to provide assistance. That call has already come in for the Salvation Army San Antonio Area Command.
"We have dispatched two officers from our San Antonio area headquarters--they're going to joint he ongoing Salvation Army effort in the area" said the organization's Monica Ramos--who told 550 KTSA News their job is simple.
"They're providing assistance and comfort to residents and first responders" Ramos said. 

The Texas Food Bank has also mobilized--and said it is ready to provide any needed assistance.
With more than 160 people reported hurt, the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center has put out a call of it's own for donations--especially for type o-negative blood and platelets.  


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