Kentucky needs a statewide search and rescue team that can respond more quickly to natural and other disasters, fire officials from Louisville and Lexington told state lawmakers.
Recktenwald said being able to launch rescue operations more quickly from anywhere in the state would save lives and better protect property.
Kentucky is susceptible to tornadoes, earthquakes and flooding, Bayer said.
Bayer and Recktenwald said a state program would provide quicker response and better training for search and rescue personnel. Their plan is backed by the Kentucky department of homeland security.