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Fargo Emergency Crews Stand-by for Oklahoma Tornado Disaster

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The devastation in Oklahoma is so widespread Oklahoma emergency responders are asking for help from around the country, and Fargo is preparing to make the trip.

Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman spoke with F-M Ambulance where responders have bags packed.

Paramedics say they're eager to help out. At this point, they're just waiting on a call for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They say that happens once state resources are exhausted. They also say the chances of getting that call are likely, and their help is much needed.

"I've been getting texts from our coworkers saying 'I think we're gonna be going,'" Ken Krupich, Operations Manager at F-M Ambulance said.

Krupich and his team have been keeping a watchful eye on the tornadoes ripping through Oklahoma.

"It's pretty obvious when you look at the TV what's going on down there, and this is not just a 24-hour event," Krupich said. "This is days, weeks, months... And so they wear out their folks pretty quickly."

Because when Oklahoma heroes can't comb through miles of devastation alone, Fargo's heroes step up.

"We would get a page, or text, or email or telephone calls alerting us that they have an incident," Krupich said of the FEMA notification that would mobilize his team.

These responders are ready to go on a moment's notice as soon as that call comes in. They can be packed and ready to roll in just an hour and a half.

"We have a disaster response team that's ready to go; a lot of them have their bags packed and ready to go 24-7."

Relief will come in the form of twenty disaster relief experts, trailers of medical supplies and one ambulance bus.

"We really lean on that; because if we have large hospitals to evacuate or just a large number of patients to transport in general, this by itself, could transport 20 patients lying down."

Because even in the eye of the storm, our heroes see clearly the path to recovery.

"Our folks are trained and ready to go, and they see that and say we're ready to step up to the plate, it's part of a bigger picture that they can be helping out," Krupich said.

The Amb Bus at F-M Ambulance is a pretty special resource. Paramedics say there are only about 20 of them in the country.

North Dakota has two- one in Fargo and one in Bismarck. They're used for flood-related emergencies.

If this bus makes it down to Oklahoma, it will make a difference when transporting large hospitals or schools.

Other emergency responders in town say they're preparing for a call to action.

The American Red Cross is setting up shelters throughout the devastated area. The chapter in Fargo says they expect to soon be sending more relief.

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