Thanks, Lyon County

Emporia Gazette – May 6, 2015

When I retired three years ago after 32 years in the fire service I started a non-profit company called Midwest Search & Rescue.

One of the services that we provide is training for first responders in the areas of technical rescue and disaster response. Realizing that local responders will be first “on the ground” to any disaster such as a tornado or earthquake, and often be forced to rely on their own training and resources for several hours before outside help arrives, this type of training touched the core of our mission.

Last September I had an opportunity to speak with two local businessmen, Monte Miller and Rex Williams, who were enthusiastic about bringing the class to Emporia. Shortly thereafter I contacted Emporia Fire Chief Jack Taylor and he was eager to host the class for his firefighters and other Lyon County responders. While our original delivery in November was cancelled because of a snow storm, we were able to hold the class April 24-25, in time for the upcoming storm season.

Being able to partner with the Emporia Fire Department and Lyon County Emergency Management, along with support from the City of Emporia and local businesses allowed us to provide the disaster response training at no cost to the first responders, and truly reached the spirit of why Midwest Search & Rescue was formed.

Thanks to all of our hosts and sponsors. Your involvement and support for public safety is something to be proud of and definitely an example for others to follow!

Randy Hill, Midwest Search & Rescue

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