EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSEMERGENCY RESPONSE
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Ambulance Crews And National Guard React
Reported by: Katy Brown
Videographer: Katy Brown
Web Producer: Katy Brown
Reported: Oct. 30, 2012 9:13 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 30, 2012 9:32 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Thirteen members and five ambulances of the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority have been called to duty.
The crew was sent to New Jersey earlier this week to help with the chaos of super storm Sandy.
"The crews that were sent to New Jersey will be there until their job is done. They will run their guts out just like the guys here are doing. And they'll be resilient, they'll work until their job is done. They may spend their down time sleeping and resting and they'll get up and do it again," said Mike Jarrett of Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority.
And although some crew members remain in the New Jersey/New York area, those here at home are still working non-stop.
"We're staying busy here also. We're running ambulances calls, that's what we do. Our crews are up for the task. This kind of weather, this kind of thing, they notch it up."
Other emergency crews gearing up to help with the sandy damage-- the 130th air wing.
Members of the National Guard are prepared to assess the damage in some West Virginia counties and help find those counties some relief.
"That team will call back and say, 'Hey, we need this assistance, can we get it and how quick can we get it?' and we try to help them out," said Lt. Col. Jeff Bevins of the WV National Guard.
The relief is part of the National Guard's mission.
"Not only do we have a national mission, which is going to Iraq, Afghanistan, or overseas to protect this country, we have a state mission also. Part of that state mission is flood relief, fire relief, snow relief. So this is part of our state mission. And we're prepared to do it at a moment's notice."
And as the rain, snow, wind, and cold temperatures continue, the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority is confident in their crews.
"We've got crews here that have been working double shifts. But we're well staffed here. We got extra people and we're ahead of our calls. So we're doing real good," said Jarrett.
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