First Responders in Kentucky look back on changes made to protect citizens Post-9/11
LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – 20 years ago the attack on the World Trade Center shaped the way first responders in Kentucky reacted to public threats.
“911 showed by far that we had a failure of communication. We have mutual aid now, which was pretty much non-existent before,” explains Adam Brown, the Anderson County Fire Marshall.
The creation of the fusion center in Frankfort allows departments from surrounding counties to assist with situations like a bomb threat.
“Prior to 911 we’d go check things out like that, but now we have individuals who are trained to do that,” recalls Bryan Taylor, the Lawrenceburg Chief of Police.
Brown says many first responders from Kentucky got sent out of state to learn more about deactivating bombs and better understand weapons of mass destruction.
“In the fire service you think the fire service put the water on the fire and that’s pretty much what you do, but it really changed a lot as far as that goes,” explains Brown.
“Police in general prior to 911 did not get any terrorism training so everybody at the police department across kentucky started getting that type of training,” adds Taylor.
Uniforms have also evolved post-911, protecting firefighters from flames and from illnesses over time.
“We needed to protect everyone from cancer. 911 showed us that a lot of those guys didn’t die by going in the fire they died of going in and digging their brothers and sisters out of that rubble,” says Brown.
Though a sober event in history, first responders see the good their extra measures of caution has done for the state.
“Some things happen like that that makes us react and most times reacts in a very positive way,” says Brown.