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On January 15, 2019 a post was made on the Garrard County Search and Rescue Team’s Facebook page that implied the group had been disbanded by Judge Wilson. This is in no way true. The team continues to operate under the authority granted to it by the county and stands ready to respond to an emergency.

The author of the post was likely referencing the decision by Judge Wilson to move in a different direction in regard to releasing former EMA Director Wendell Hatfield from his position. Mr. Hatfield also serves on the board of directors for the Garrard County Search and Rescue Team.

The search and rescue team was recently formed in order to bring together the volunteers and resources of the county’s several fire departments along with other volunteers including EMS, law enforcement, and citizens of the county. There has been much effort to create this group while respecting the jurisdictions and responsibilities of the local fire departments while complying with state laws. While fire departments have and continue to perform search and rescue operations this new team was intended to make sure the county is compliant with state rules and regulations for search and rescue teams.

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“Are you Ready for Heavy Rain”

During periods of heavy rainfall, remember to stay out of floodwaters. If you’re driving, remember to use your lights and wipers. Slow down! If you come across a water-covered roadway, Turn Around-Don’t Drown. It only takes six inches of water to float some cars and fast-moving water can wash vehicles …

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Local Emergency Management Director Training

Kentucky Emergency Management held training for newly appointed and experienced local emergency management professionals in Frankfort in April. In attendance was newly appointed Garrard County Emergency Management Director Tim Scott and CSEPP Director Jay Overman. The course was to give local professionals a basic understanding of and updates on Emergency …

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Blue Alerts Notify the Public When Police Are Injured or Killed

The Blue Alerts are delivered through FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System to notify the public of imminent danger. It’s already played a role in the capture of one cop killer. When Newman, Calif., police officer, Ronil Singh, was murdered in December 2018, a Blue Alert was issued to …