San Antonio-area departments deploy medical teams to West, Texas

3-member SAFD team to aid in triage, treatment of fertilizer plant explosion victims

Published On: Apr 18 2013 10:50:35 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 18 2013 11:55:49 AM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

A three-member medical team from San Antonio has been dispatched to West, Texas, to aid in the triage and treatment of injured residents there in the wake of Wednesday night's explosion.

A fertilizer plant exploded in the small town, located about 15 minutes north of Waco, injuring scores of people and leveling several city blocks.

A San Antonio Fire Department spokeswoman said in addition to the the three-member medical team, San Antonio fire Chief Charles Hood, Deputy Chief Noel Horan and San Antonio's Emergency Management Coordinator BC Lawrence Trevino are en route to the location to assess what other resources and assistance may be required from the San Antonio Fire Department.

Schertz EMS Ambus deployed

In addition, the Schertz EMS Ambus, a large ambulance that can transport up to 20 patients, was deployed around 10 p.m. on Wednesday to West to help in rescue and recovery efforts, a city of Schertz spokesman said.

Ambuses from Frisco, in North Texas, and Palestine, in East Texas, also were deployed.

The Schertz EMS Ambus, one of two in the region and 13 in the state, has been in service and housed in Schertz since December 2011.

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center to donate blood

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, located in San Antonio, will also send blood to hospitals in the Waco area.

The STBTC has put out a call to the San Antonio area for blood donations, specifically type O negative and, and platelet donations.

To read more about South Texas Blood & Tissue Center's donations, click here.