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Short one wall, company will return to storm damaged building

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Emergency responders with Rural/Metro Ambulance are weathering last week's powerful storms and making plans to move back into their damaged building.

It took only seconds for the massive brick wall to come crumbling down in high winds last Wednesday, and it will take months to rebuild. But amazingly, Rural/Metro Ambulance employees will be back in the building as soon as Wednesday.

Rural/Metro employees have made themselves comfortable at their temporary home base at the Camp Taylor Fire Department. The department opened up their parking lot to the company after responding to the disaster on July 10.

"We see the need for them to continue to provide their service, and for what little bit we've been out, trust me, it is worth every ounce," said Deputy Fire Chief Steve Adkins.

Despite the friendly tenant/landlord relationship, everyone would like to see the company back in its own building.

"Hopefully, we've got our fingers crossed that later this week they'll be able to function in their office," said Adkins.

And the ambulance service is anxious to get back to full work capacity. John Hultgren of Rural/Metro Ambulance says they've had to extend some of their work to their offices in other cities, or put on hold completely. 

"We have a lot of work that has been put on hold because we haven't been able to access our protected servers and things like that," said Hultgren.

Last week's storm packed a punch so powerful, it toppled a brick wall, forcing responders to find a new home for their dispatch center, fleet of ambulances, offices, and supply closet. But Company officials are hopeful that inspectors will clear them for occupancy by Wednesday--exactly one week after the damage occurred.

"Our goal today is to get the damaged area isolated from the gas line and the power line," said Hultgren. Once that work is done, the office area can be put back on the grid, allowing everything but the garage and one office to house employees again.

Whether it is tomorrow or later in the week, once inspectors clear the office area for occupancy, all the ambulances will come back to this location, but they will still have to stay parked outside, as the garage area is still condemned.

Despite all the grueling work, the Ambulance company is keeping the situation light hearted, affectionately calling their summer of relocation and rebuilding 'Camp Rural/Metro.'

"When you are in a disaster situation, you have to make the best of it and have some fun," said Hultgren.

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