Training for a variety of scenarios
The Butler County Rescue Squad and South Central Regional Task Force held a training workshop last week at the Kanza Cooperative in Furley.
Fire departments and rescue teams gathered at the site to train for grain engulfment and multiple agricultural rescue scenarios.
The local rescue squad added grain engulfment rescue equipment to their supply of disaster response after receiving a grant by Mid-Kansas Coop and Land-O-Lakes in 2015.
Frank Williams, chief of the with Butler County Rescue Squad advised the equipment has been utilized four times.
“We did have a request for the equipment once, but did not have to use it,” Williams advised.
Participating in last week’s training were rescue squads from the Sedgwick County Fire Department, Wichita Fire Department, Hutchinson Fire Department, Newton Fire Department, and Winfield Fire Department. The squad representing the Butler County Rescue team included members from El Dorado, Rose Hill, and Augusta fire departments.