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SANDY: Saratoga firefighters ready

SANDY: Saratoga firefighters ready

Officials in Saratoga Springs are bracing for the effects of wind from Hurricane Sandy.
SANDY: Saratoga firefighters ready
Members of the Saratoga Springs Fire Department assemble outside their Lake Avenue headquarters for a quick briefing on Monday to discuss preparedness for Hurricane Sandy.

Officials in Saratoga Springs are bracing for the effects of wind from Hurricane Sandy.

Fire Department Capt. John Kirkpatrick met with firefighters this afternoon outside their Lake Avenue headquarters in anticipation of what they might deal with today. He told the Gazette that this morning they were checking all their power equipment, like saws, generators and portable lights, to make sure they were adequately filled with gas.

Kirkpatrick said their biggest concerns revolve around wind damage, which could could take power lines and trees. "It doesn't look like we're going to get a lot of rain," he said.

Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott Johnson announced that the city is fully prepared to deal with the impact of the storm. He said in a statement that the city's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan provides for the contingencies that might presents themselves during Hurricane Sandy.

“We want all Saratogians to rest assured that every reasonable and available plan is in place to fully react, if needed, as Hurricane Sandy hits our area," Johnson said.

“We have had full coordination with National Grid in its planned response to what appears to be predominately a wind risk with potential power outages for our region," he added. "As the storm hits, we will be in a better position to determine the impact and therefore the required steps to best protect the public."

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