As Hurricane Dorian, now a Category 4 storm, bears down on the east coast, two members of the Junction City Fire Department are doing what they can to help.
The two are being sent to help the Kansas Task Force Groups deal with a deployment to Florida and the surrounding region to help with the response to Dorian.
Firefighter/ AEMT Jason Lankas; JCFD Technical rescue Team leader and Firefighter/ EMTP Adam Powers responded to a request for manpower from the Kansas Office of the State Fire Marshal. They will join others like them from Manhattan, Topeka, Wichita, and other regions of the state.
“In the time of disasters — either manmade or natural — the Task Force Groups are called to assist with specialty services such as technical rescue,” said Junction City Fire Chief Terry Johnson in a press release sent out Monday evening.
These rescues can include entrapment in structures, water rescues, and specialized services to include hazardous materials response, grain entrapment rescue, confined space rescue, or ice rescue responses.
The local fire department is a member of the Kansas Task Force 2, the Northeast Homeland Security Regional response team, which is comprised of firefighters from Lawrence Fire Department, Topeka Fire Department, Mission Township Fire Department, Pottawatomie Tribal Fire Department, Fort Riley Fire Department, and Manhattan Fire Department, in addition to the JCFD. Members of the task forces are trained in the disciplines of structural collapse, rope rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue and wide area search, according to Johnson.