May Field Chief Reports Destruction of Police & Fire Stations
A press conference was held Saturday where Mayfield, KY, Police chief Nathan Kent reported that sadly the towns police and fire stations have been destroyed due to the destruction of the tornado disaster.
Chief Kent explained his officers worked 24 hours in the aftermath immediately assisting those in need and help. Most officers having to respond using the damaged vehicles from the disaster. The agency is also borrowing vehicles from other departments to substitute for the ones that are too damaged to drive.
The towns fire department and police department was completely flattened due to this horrific tornado. The bulk of the fleet have been compromised. The chief says that they are grateful for the other departments help in contributing and offering the help they can.
Kentucky State Police, Thank you
The town chief praised the Kentucky State Police (KSP) for their immediate response and thanked the Paducah Police Department and Murray Police Department for their support patrolling the town.
Kent said communications, especially interoperability between different first responders, has been one of the major challenges for police in the devastated town.
The KSP communications branch is helping local first responders with equipment and assets. “They are bringing us radios that allow all of the first responders to communicate,” Kent said.
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