Archive for July, 2015

One-vehicle fatality accident

Chanute Tribune – July 31, 2015

Photo by Shanna Guiot.

Photo by Shanna Guiot.

There was a fatality semi wreck on US-59 south of Erie Friday morning. According to the accident report from the Kansas Highway Patrol, Barry K. Welch, 50, Chanute, was driving a Peterbilt semi eastbound on K-47 at about 5:15 am Friday morning when he failed to yield at the stop sign at the intersection of US-59, attempted to make the right turn, but was traveling too fast. The truck entered the east ditch, rolled and came to rest on the passenger side.

Welch was killed. No other vehicles were involved. Welch was wearing his seat belt.

Kansas man dies in rollover crash

KAKE – July 31, 2015

A Kansas man is dead following a rollover crash in Barton County.

At about 6:30 a.m. Friday, sheriff’s officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Northwest 90 Avenue for an injury accident after a passerby saw a Ford Explorer in a field south of the intersection. That’s near the town of Olmitz, northwest of Great Bend.

Investigators believe the crash happened several hours before the discovery was made. They say it appears the SUV had been southbound when the driver failed to stop at a stop sign. The vehicle hit the west ditch, went airborne and landed in a field, rolling three times.

The driver was dead at the scene. He’s been identified as Trevis Smith, 29, of Great Bend.

The sheriff’s office said the area was experiencing heavy fog at the time, which may have been a contributing factor. The accident remains under investigation.

Fire trucks go out mostly for exercise

Harper Advocate – July 1, 2015
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Harper firefighters mostly just exercised the trucks last week as they had little to do upon arrival at two alarms.

Early Friday morning (about 3:30 a.m.) a Harper crew was dispatched to a possible haz-mat situation in Danville regarding leaking Anhydrous Ammonia.

As the fire department looked for the leak, Danville Coop employee Steve Schrock who was also called out found a small leaky valve from an anhydrous nurse tank.

Saturday night about 9:30 p.m. two trucks and crew was dispatched to the 200 block of East 11th for a report of smoke and flames. It was a burn ring being used illegally. The owner put the fire out and the firefighters didn’t get out of the trucks. Harper has NO open burning without a permit available at city hall. However, the burning of excessive debris and tree limbs are not eligible for a permit.

Burn rings are allowed mostly for recreational burning such as hot dogs, etc.

Persons doing any kind of burn are required to notify the 911 dispatcher. Especially in the rural areas, as persons passing through the county are very fire conscious and call 911 when they see any kind of fire. If 911 knows there is a controlled burn in that area, they do not send the fire department. Otherwise it causes the expense of sending fire trucks to a controlled burn.

Picnic in the Park wraps up summer with City Appreciation Day

Southwest Daily Times – July 31, 2015

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Liberal Fire Department Chief Kelly Kirk, left, and another firefighter work the grill before people start lining up for lunch at Wednesday afternoon’s City Appreciation Day Picnic. With Wednesday’s pleasant weather, several city staff members and members of the community were on hand at the picnic to enjoy lunch and the entertainment.

Stevens County Fire Department Report

Hugoton Hermes – July 23, 2015
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Stevens County Emergency Services run activity for July 13 through July 19.

Monday, July 13, 4:30 p.m. – dispatched to a half mile north of Road D and Road Nine for a baler, wheat stubble, bale fire

Tuesday, July 14, 11:10 a.m. – dispatched half a mile north of Road D and Road Nine for a wheat stubble fire.

Tuesday, July 14, 3:21 p.m. – sent to Eleventh Street and Cemetery Road for a motor vehicle accident.

Tuesday, July 14, 4:34 p.m. – dispatched to Road Q and Road 12 for a grass fire.

Tuesday, July 14, 4:42 p.m. – dispatched to Road Q and Veterinary Road for a grass fire.

Wednesday, July 15, 5:22 p.m. – sent to Road J and Road Seven for a corn stalk, bale stack fire.

Saturday, July 18, 3:33 p.m. – dispatched one half mile north of Road V and Road 26 for a wheat stubble/bale fire.

Recommended county budget delays two new EMS posts

By Daniel Salazar
Wichita Eagle – July 23, 2015
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Construction of new Emergency Medical Services posts in Derby and northeast Wichita could be delayed under Sedgwick County’s recommended budget.

They are part of more than $16 million in county infrastructure projects originally planned for 2016 or 2017 that would receive less money or be put off for future budget years.

The move aims to eliminate the use of debt to pay for infrastructure projects.

County commissioners who represent the areas affected disagree over whether the EMS post deferrals will put county residents at risk.

But staff members warned in the budget proposal that deferring construction could worsen response times and stress the EMS system.

“Most vulnerable will be those patients with time-critical illnesses and injuries and would manifest in decreased customer satisfaction and increased morbidity and mortality rates,” according to a staff assessment in the budget.

Public safety director Marvin Duncan said the recommendation to delay construction won’t endanger the current EMS system, but the county still needs more ambulance buildings.

“You still need brick-and-mortar places to park (ambulances) and be ready to respond to the different parts of the county rather than just drive around in circles all the time just waiting for things to happen,” Duncan said. “We don’t want to waste fuel and people’s time doing that either.”

The facilities were at different points in the approval process. The land for the northeast post has already been purchased.

The two proposed posts are meant to address expected growth in EMS call demand in northeast Wichita and the southeast Wichita and Derby area. The northeast post was projected to cost $1.1 million, and the southeast post was projected to cost $1.4 million.

Emergency Medical Services currently staffs 15 posts throughout the county.

Two EMS posts in the northeast were relocated in 2012 and 2014 to serve increasing demand near Wesley Medical Center and the Greenwich Heights area to the east, respectively.

Commissioner Dave Unruh, who represents the northeast part of the county, said that left EMS coverage thin in his district.

“So this post…was intended to fill that void and provide the response time,” Unruh said. “It’s located near a growing, strong medical corridor, so that makes for logical placement.”

The county spent about $180,000 in April to buy land for the post near 35th Street North and Webb.

For now, county EMS personnel are using the city’s Fire Station No. 18 on Webb near K-96 as an interim post, Duncan said.

“They agreed to let EMS use that facility so that they can service the northeast area of the county until a post is built out there,” he said.

Unruh said the delay contradicts the county’s move to buy the land.

“We’ve interrupted our strategy, and that’s not a good decision,” Unruh said.

Commissioner Jim Howell, whose district includes Derby and southeastern Wichita, said the southeast area will eventually need another EMS post in addition to the one on Rock Road in Derby.

“But as far as any serious commitment to a southeast post in this year’s budget, that’s never been discussed,” Howell said.

The southeast area has seen an 18 percent increase in 911 calls over the past three years, the staff wrote in the budget proposal.

Duncan said the county puts an ambulance near 47th Street and K-15 during peak hours for EMS calls.

The majority of commission members favor paying for some capital projects in cash, while delaying others, to eliminate the county’s historical use of bonds to pay for its infrastructure improvements.

Howell said the southeast EMS post can wit for future budget years.

“There is no emergency,” he said. “There’s no public safety issue that we’re not providing safety to the people of our community.

“We adjust our watchlist every year, and things go on that list all the time,” Howell said.

But Unruh said the delay will worsen response times in the growing northeast area.

“It is going to disrupt the quality of life and the quality of services and the stability of Sedgwick County government,” Unruh said about the EMS deferral and other delayed projects.

“We’re going to find ourselves behind the curve on being able to provide good, quality services,” he said.

Duncan said the public is still getting the same emergency services it will get in the future. However, he said ambulances that serve the southeast and northeast parts of the county will eventually need a permanent home.

“It’s a temporary solution until we can afford to build the ambulance posts that we need,” Duncan said.

Fire damages two homes, garage

By Jason E. Silvers
Fort Scott Tribune – July 24, 2015
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The Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a fire that caused damage to two houses, a garage and a vehicle early Monday morning in the 1200 block of South Main Street, officials said.

About 4:30 a.m. Monday, the Fort Scott Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 1200 block of South Main Street.

“It started in a small garage with a car in it,” Ballou said. “That’s the location where it started. The fire marshal is investigating.”

Ballou said the fire spread to the rear of the residence and also to the rear of a nearby house to the south. He said the cause of the fire hasn’t been determined and is under investigation.

“In looking at our reports and the extent of the fire, we brought in a state fire investigator with the fire marshal’s office,” Ballou said. “I don’t think he’s found an exact cause.”

Ballou said residents of the house on the property where the fire originated were inside the home at the time but there were no reported injuries. There were no people inside the other house, which Ballou said was found to be under renovation after speaking with the property owners.

“The garage was pretty much a total loss,” Ballou said. “I think they will end up having several thousand dollars in damage to the house and garage. The house to the south had some damage, probably a few thousand dollars anyway.”

Ballou also said there was some damage to a privacy fence on the property to the south and a deck area on that house. The fire “totally destroyed” the car inside the garage, he said.

An electrical service line on the back part of the house was also burned, Ballou said.

The FSFD responded with two engines, a couple of staff vehicles and a total of eight firefighters. The Fort Scott Police Department was also on scene to assist with traffic control, Ballou said.

Calvin Christy

Calvin C. Christy, LeRoy, Kansas, died Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Windsor Place, Iola. He was 87.

Calvin Curtis Christy, the son of Daniel Phillip and Emma Faye Lingenfelter Christy, was born Feb. 3, 1928, near Burlington. He graduated from LeRoy High School in 1945.

He married Virginia Norene Gregersen August 8, 1948, at the First Christian Church, LeRoy.

Surviving members of the family include his wife; two sons, Richard E. Christy (Karen), Osage City, and Randall K. Christy, Blanchard, Oklahoma; four daughters, Connie C. (Chris) Evans (Darryl), Pensacola, Fla.; Beverly F. Bertram (Peter, Chadron, Neb.; Deanna L. Twiford (John), Cheyenne, Wyo.; and Cathy C. Fleming (Dale), Wiggins, Color.; 20 grandchildren and 44 great grandchildren.

Calvin was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Phyllis Storrer and Ruth Storrer; two brothers, Daniel Christy and Royce Christy; a daughter; Michelle K. Breuer; a grandson, Kevin J. Christy; and two great grandchildren, Phillip G. McVay Schuttenburg and Addison N. Cook.

Over the years, Calvin farmed, worked at Home Oil Service Station and the high school at LeRoy; Allen County Hospital and Miller & Sons, at Iola; and the LeRoy Co-op Association, where he retired from in 2005. He was previously a member of the LeRoy Volunteer Fire Department and the Homecoming Association.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 1, at the First Christian Church, LeRoy. Burial will follow at the Logue Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, July 31.

Memorial contributions may be made to the LeRoy/SCC Alumni Association for the purchase of flags and poles for the LeRoy Community Building, and may be sent in care of VanArsdale Funeral Home or dropped off at Citizens State Bank, LeRoy.

Stockton Fire Department sent to the landfill Friday morning

Stockton Sentinel – July 30, 2015
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Stockton Fire personnel were summoned to the Rooks County Landfill at 6:20 a.m. Friday morning to extinguish some trash on fire. The area was thoroughly wet down before landfill employees were sent in to stir up the trash, and the fire was put out.

According to Stockton Fire Chief Jon Voss, combustion in the landfill can occur when a discarded battery comes in contact with metal, or cigarette ashes are thrown away.

The blaze was reported by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy. Fire personnel were at the scene for about 45 minutes.

Woman dead in train accident in southeast Wichita

KSN – July 31, 2015

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WICHITA, Kansas – A woman in her 40’s is dead after a train struck her Friday morning. It happened around 6:50 a.m. at 31st Street and K-15.

Authorities say the woman was walking northbound on the track when the train coming from the south hit her. Authorities say she was wearing headphones and didn’t hear the train.

The train’s conductor apparently saw a man walking near the tracks but didn’t see the woman.

CFD2 earned highest fire protection rating from Insurance Services Office

By Jay Senter
Prairie Village Post – July 31, 2015

Consolidate Fire District No. 2 has earned a Class 1 Public Protection Classification from the Insurance Service Office, the highest rating given to fire departments as a measure of their fire suppression capabilities. Only 97 fire department in the country have earned the rating.

Man killed in south Wichita motorcycle accident

KWCH – July 31, 2015

A man was killed Friday morning in a motorcycle accident in south Wichita.

The accident happened around 4:30 a.m. near 47th St. S. and Oliver.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office says it looks like the motorcycle failed a turn, ran into a ditch and both riders were ejected.

The man, in his 20’s, was pronounced dead on the scene.

A woman, also in her 20’s, was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

The sheriff’s office says it appears neither the man nor the woman were wearing helmets.

Traffic is down to one lane in the area while emergency crews work to clean up the accident.

Another Logan business catches fire

Phillips County Online – July 30, 2015

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For the second time in less than two weeks, a Logan business caught fire. Early this morning, the Pabst Ag & Auto Repair building at 605 North Douglas Street was on fire.

Logan and Phillipsburg fire departments responded to the fire between 4 am and 5 am this morning. Significant damage was suffered inside when a full barrel of used oil exploded leaving 2-3 inches of oil on the floor inside. According to the owner, a water line above the barrel melted which helped in extinguishing the fire.

The State Fire Marshal investigated the fire. The cause of the fire has been undetermined.

On July 11, the Logan Hardware store was totaled in a fire. According to the State Fire Marshal that fire started in the northeast corner of the building; however, the cause has been undetermined.

Family escapes garage fire at KCK home

By Haley Harrison
KMBC – July 30, 2015

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Five people, including two children, escaped a house fire in Kansas City, Kansas, on Thursday.

Neighbor Jami George saw fire at the home in the 4500 block of Roswell Avenue and alerted the homeowner.

“I thought, ‘Are they home? Are they not home?’ I thought, ‘I’m going to knock on the door and I’m going to see,’” she said. “I heard them talking inside, so I thought, ‘They don’t even know the house is on fire,’ so I knocked on the door and I said, ‘Your house is on fire. You’ve got to get out.’ They’re like, ‘On fire?’ They had no idea. No sooner than we knocked on the door, everything ignited.”

Investigators said the fire started in the garage, but they’re still looking into what sparked it.

Wreck at rural Saline County intersection sends 2 women to hospital

By Gary Demuth
Salina Journal – July 30, 2015

Photo by Tom Dorsey. Click on photo to view full-size image.

Photo by Tom Dorsey. Click on photo to view full-size image.

Two women were trapped in their car Thursday afternoon after broadsiding a flatbed truck at the intersection of Donmyer and Water Well roads in far east Saline County.

At about 2:45 p.m., a Buick Lucerne driven by Carolyn J. Beetch, 75, Carlton, was eastbound on Water Well when it struck the driver’s side of a flatbed truck used for transporting commercial-sized trash cans, said Master Trooper Greg Arnold of the Kansas Highway Patrol.

The car spun about 30 feet to the north and came to a stop upright in the west ditch on Donmyer. The truck, which was headed north on Donmyer, came to rest in a field northwest of the intersection.

Beetch and a passenger in the car, Laverna I. Ernst, 90, Enterprise, were trapped in the car, which also had its windows shattered and hood sheared off.

Both front and side airbags were deployed, which probably saved their lives, said Capt. Keith Lindemann, of the Salina Fire Department.

“They also were wearing their seat belts,” he said.

The women were conscious but only semiresponsive, Lindemann said. A Life Team helicopter was called to the scene but then was recalled when the women were freed from their car. Both were taken by ambulance to Salina Regional Health Center.

“The helicopter was launched to the hospital in case, after assessment, they have to be transported to Wichita,” Lindemann said.

The driver of the truck, Kenneth Paul Cimier, 58, of Solomon, was uninjured.

Both vehicles were estimated to be traveling about 55 miles an hour when they collided at the unmarked intersection, Arnold said.

“At this point, it looks like the car failed to yield the right of way to the truck,” he said.

Hays-area firefighters training for trench cave-in rescue

Hays Post – July 30, 2015

The Hays Fire Department, along with members of Ellis County Rural Fire Department, City of Ellis Fire Department and City of Victoria Fire Department will be training with the Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute the next four days involving aspects of trench cave-in rescue.

According to HFD Deputy Fire Chief Ryan Hagans, the course consists of one day classroom lecture and one day of hands-on-training. This is a two-day course being held on consecutive days.

The firefighters will work with the KFRTI, based at the University of Kansas, in rescue training east of the Hays Water Plant, 1000 Vine.

State Fire Marshal issues warnings and information regarding colored powders used in popular Kansas events

Press Release
Kansas Office of the State Fire Marshal

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TOPEKA — On June 27, 2015 at Formosa Fun Coast in New Taipei City, Taiwan, approximately 500 people were injured and burned when a fireball engulfed a crowd of patrons. The sudden burst of flames was caused by the igni­tion of colored powders that were sprayed over the crowd. With a number of similar events planned in Kansas, the Office of the State Fire Marshal would like to offer information and safety tips to help ensure these events are safe and fun for the participants.

The “combustible dust” used in these events is commonly colored cornstarch, which isn’t normally combustible, but they can burn or explode if the particles are the right size and in the right concentration in the presence of an ignition source. Possible ignition sources include open flames and sparks, electrical equipment, hot surfaces, and static electricity.

There are four elements needed for a flash fire/dust explosion:

•Combustible Powder
•Oxygen (Air)
•Ignition Source
•Dispersion of dust into a cloud above the minimum explosion concentration (MEC)

Most of these events generate sufficient colored powder and cloud dispersion in the presence of air to create a fire hazard, yet few fires such as the one in Taiwan occur. The missing element is often the ignition source. The key to preventing these incidents relies on:

•Eliminating ignition sources
•Reducing dust clouds to concentrations below the minimum explosive concentration (MEC)

Our office contacted The Color Vibe, the organizer of the Color Vibe 5K Run in Wichita on August 1. The compa­ny representative offered these safety measures and protocols that they implement with each of their events to en­sure participant safety:

•No electrical devices to distribute the powder
•The powder has been tested for safe public use
•A gap is required between stages and the public
•Smoking is prohibited in the festival area

Event organizers should take the necessary precautions to ensure their events are a fire-proof as possible so that Kansans will not experience a tragedy such as the one in Taiwan.

Fire at International Trade Center in Overland Park extinguished

By Andres Gutierrez and Nick Sloan
KSHB – July 30, 2015

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The Overland Park Fire Department responded to a building fire Thursday at the International Trade Center on 6800 W. 115th Street.

Fire was showing from the roof of the building, but it was under control by 9:05 a.m.

According to Jason Rhodes at the Overland Park Fire Department, no one was hurt in the fire.

It happened in the construction area of the trade center.

It’s unknown how much damage has been caused by the fire.

Offices were evacuated in the building.

For updated info – KSHB 1018

Passing time at the county fair

By Michael Stavola
Pittsburg Morning Sun – July 30, 2015

It was a quiet afternoon at the Crawford County Fair on Wednesday as most of the 4-H members either prepared for events the next day or manned a booth as part of their 4-H requirements.
Conner Droessler, 8, washed his pig to show it on Thursday. But he won’t be able to auction off his pig after finding out earlier in the day that his pig is 7 pounds shy of the 230 pound weight limit.
“It was an upsetting morning,” Conner’s mom, Marlana, said.
On the other side of the fairgrounds, Easton Renn, 10, and his brother, Braxtyn, 5, manned the ice cream booth as part of their requirements with 4-H. Braxtyn had chili covering his shirt from a chili dog and couldn’t wait to add more stains at the end of his shift when he gets a treat.
“Free ice cream,” Braxtyn said enthusiastically.
After her 4-H Entomology contest in the morning, Kendall Crager passed the time with her grandma at the fair. Crager was excited to show off her collection of bugs used in the entomology contest.
“That’s a honey bee, grandma got stung by that honey bee, on the finger,” Crager said.
As the day winded down for some, for others things were just getting started. Stephanie Clugston and a few others were setting up a dunk tank for the carnival, which starts at 6 p.m.
The dunk tank belongs to the Girard Fire Department, and the money raised will go to help Terry Wray, a Girard firefighter who lost his hand in a fireworks during the July 4 weekend.
“We are doing this for money for our friend,” Clugston said. “Working towards hopefully getting him a prosthetic hand.”

Weis Fire donates $28,000 in equipment to rescue squad

By Tim Horan
Salina Journal – July 30, 2015

Photo by Mary Landes

Photo by Mary Landes

Air bags, hydraulic hand tools, hydraulic cutters and spreaders used in rescues and valued at $28,000 were donated Wednesday to the Saline County Mounted Patrol and Rescue Squad by Weis Fire and Safety Equipment, 111 E. Pacific.

“A lot of the equipment will be useful to us in the event of a cattle truck rollover,” said rescue squad leader Bill Cook. “We’d need to get the animals out of there quickly. It will allow us to cut in, spread metal, lift it if needed. It complements some of the stuff that we have.”

He said the rescue squad also has cattle panels that can be set up alongside the road to hold the cattle before other transportation arrives.

Weis Fire and Safety also donates to the rescue squad by refilling the squad’s scuba tanks.

“We just thought this would be a really nice thing to do for an agency that does so much for the community but receives very little,” said Mike Weis, of Weis Fire. “These guys get called out by departments when there has been a drowning and they dive to do the recovery and receive nothing for it.”

Horses and scuba tanks

The squad of 23 active members are called out on a number of different rescue missions using horses, four wheelers and scuba tanks, Cook said.

“From a diver’s standpoint, we get called out a lot to either remove cars, find evidence or help in a drowning situation,” Cook said. “We do have horses and we can go out and help with cattle or horses that are out. We do have four-wheelers so we can go out and do search and recovery, as well.”

Earlier this month, the squad was called to Milford Lake Reservoir, near Junction City, where a vehicle was discovered on the bottom of the lake July 2.

“We went down to make sure that it was a not a new roll-off and had been there for a while. That one had been,” he said. “We’ve gone over there several times and pulled out cars that have run down the boat ramps and have been left out in the water.”

The squad wanted to make sure the vehicle did not contain a drowning victim.

“Those type of things happen,” he said.

Emergency responses

The rescue squad is also the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for Saline County Emergency Management.

“In the event of a tornado or something of that nature, we would be first in the area to help assess the area as they are putting together resources,” Cook said. “We would go out and define the perimeter of the area and start to look at the damage so we could help emergency management to determine what types of teams need to be brought in.”

The squad has monthly meetings and trains regularly, Cook said.

The mounted patrol’s main source of revenue is the rodeo held in April and donations from companies such as Weis Fire, Cook said.

Vehicle fire catches passerby attention

By Amelia Arvesen
Ottawa Herald – July 30, 2015

Heavy smoke hung over a section of I-35 Tuesday afternoon after a truck became engulfed in flames.

The driver, Cleve Dent, 31, Ottawa, noticed the air conditioning in his newer-model Chevy pickup had given out, and he pulled to the right shoulder 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the 3200 block of south-bound I-35, between the 15th Street and K-68 exits. Smoke came from the engine shortly before the vehicle caught completely on fire, according to a Franklin County Sheriff’s Office report.

Lincoln-Ottawa-Harrison Fire Department and the sheriff’s office responded, closing the southbound lanes of the interstate for about 10 minutes, Jeff Richards, Franklin County sheriff, said. It didn’t take long to put out the fire, he added.

When firefighters doused the flames on the car and in the ditch, the black smoke turned white and blew across the highway, momentarily hampering northbound visibility.

In the northbound lanes at 5:57 p.m., a gray 2009 Honda driven by Samuel Chaney, 22, Lawrence, rear-ended a red 2011 Ford Ranger driven by William Cox, 83, Olathe, according to a sheriff’s report.

There was no smoke blowing across the roadway at that time, Richards said, but the wreck might have been the result of drivers observing the happenings across the interstate as personnel worked the scene of the vehicle fire.

“Any time you devote your attention to something else, crashes can happen,” he said.

No injuries were reported in the fire or subsequent wreck, according to reports.

Family recovering after rural house fire

By Clinton Dick
Ottawa Herald – July 30, 2015

A family is rebuilding after an early Tuesday morning fire.

Brian Jones, an Ottawa University instructor, and his family have set up a recovery fund on GoFundMe.com after a fire flared at their home, 3236 Idaho Road, near Richter, causing about $400,000 worth of damage, the website said.

The Pomona Fire Department was paged out to the Idaho Road location at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning with assistance from the Ottawa, Lincoln-Ottawa-Harrison and Centropolis Fire Departments, and Franklin County Emergency Medical Services and Franklin County Sheriff Department. The fire originated in a two-car attached garage before moving to the south end of the home, Alan Radcliffe, Franklin County Emergency Management director, said Wednesday.

The family of five was sleeping inside the house at the time the fire started. They were alerted when a family dog jumped on a bedroom door, the GoFundMe web page said. The smoke alarms went off shortly after.

“Everybody got out safe and there were no injuries,” Radcliffe said. “The two-car garage was a total loss. Of course, it is an attached garage and the fire extended into the south end of the house, but was stopped.”

One family dog was lost in the blaze, according to the GoFundMe page.

Radcliffe said the fire’s cause was undetermined as of Wednesday, but the GoFundMe page noted the fire appeared to have originated at an electrical box in the garage.

“The house was insured,” Radcliffe said. “Four vehicles, including two cars, a pickup and a motorcycle, were a total loss [inside the attached garage]. There was some damage to the shed south of the garage too. It had some heat damage to the siding and the roof.”

The Red Cross was contacted and provided assistance, Radcliffe said. The family is staying at a motel and considering its options, the GoFundMe page said.

The building on the property is appraised at $240,100, according to the Franklin County Appraiser website.

Two firefighters were medically treated because of heat exhaustion after emergency crews responded to the location again at 5 p.m. Tuesday for a re-kindle in the garage area, Radcliffe said. They were “alright” as of Wednesday, he said.

Stafford County firefighters kept busy with five fires sparked by storm

By Terry Spradley
St. John News – July 29, 2015

Photo byTerry Spradley.

Photo byTerry Spradley.

Dry conditions and stormy weather kept Stafford County firefighters and first responders busy over the weekend with multiple grassland fires and one structure fire.
Shortly after 10 p.m., Saturday a call went out to St. John and Stafford firefighters for a structure fire in the 800 block of St. John.
“I could smell a really strong odor of smoke in my house,” said neighbor Mary Pescha. “I came outside to look, and said ‘oh my god, Larry’s house is on fire.’”
Pescha called 911 and alerted Larry Johnson, who resides there, that his house was on fire.
The smoldering fire generated a lot of smoke, but few flames as it was contained it to the attic of the home.
Bolts of lighting etched across the night sky, occasionally turning night into day with big flashes as firefighters sawed and chopped away at the roof of the home to get at the slow-moving fire.
The exact cause or extent of the damage has not yet been determined.
“We think it was probably due to lightning, but we haven’t officially determined that yet,” said Emergency services director Davin Graves.
Lightning would be a high probability as waves of thunderstorms rolled through the area dropping little rain but illuminating the night sky and sparking numerous fires between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m., Sunday.
Lightning started the first fire around 9 p.m. approximately five miles north of Hudson at NE 150 Street and NE 40 Avenue. Hudson and Seward units had that blaze under control as the call went out for the house fire in St. John.
Some of the responding units from Stafford were turned around when crews on scene contained the structure fire, which was a good thing. An hour and a half later as firefighters in St. John were just starting to “roll hoses,” a call went out for a tank battery fire approximately three miles south of Stafford, less than an hour later St. John units were again called out for hay bales on fire south of Spare Farms on Old 50 highway.
Mother Nature would spawn one more blaze as the storms moved out of the county ignited another CRP fire at NE 180 Avenue and 80th Street at approximately 4 a.m., Sunday.
One firefighter was transported to Stafford County Hospital from the structure fire in St. John. According to EMS director Misty Blakeslee he was suffering from a little dehydration. He was treated and released.
St. John firefighters and Seward firefighters also responded to a CRP fire of unknown origin on Friday afternoon one mile north of Golden Belt Feeders.
“We were stretched pretty thin Saturday there for a while,” Graves said. “But we got it done.”

Dangling man rescued on Kellogg

By Sarah Bahari
Wichita Eagle – July 29, 2015

Jeff Templeton, left and Brian Safris, right. Phto by Jeff Tuttle.

Jeff Templeton, left and Brian Safris, right. Phto by Jeff Tuttle.

Editor’s note: This story was originally published on July 13, 2003

J.L. McIntyre clung tightly to the cement ledge.

He looked down only once.

The drop was 50, maybe 60 feet, he thought. If he fell, he probably wouldn’t survive.

His legs dangled beneath him. He couldn’t get a good grip. His only thought: “How am I going to get out of this?”

He shouted for help. His life depended on others.

Nearly clipped by a truck

McIntyre was driving home from work Monday eastbound on Kellogg near Market when he got a flat tire.

Somewhat annoyed, he pulled out of the left lane onto the left shoulder. He got out of his minivan to get a better look at his tire.

He decided to try to drive to the nearest exit to change it.

But he wouldn’t get that far.

Walking toward the driver side door, he heard squealing tires and looked up.

A pickup was barreling toward him.

McIntyre jumped out of the way. The truck smashed into his minivan and he had just missed being crushed between the vehicles.

But he jumped too far. He had fallen over the side of the overpass dividing east and westbound Kellogg traffic. He reached out and grabbed the cement divider.

He knew he couldn’t hang there for long.

He shouted to the teenage driver of the pickup for help.

The driver, still dazed from the wreck, slowly realized what had happened.

He ran to the ledge and grabbed McIntyre’s hand.

McIntyre, 42, is about 6’3″ and 225 pounds. The teenager was pretty small, he said.

Still, he tried pulling him up.

It didn’t work.

McIntyre realized he would fall. “It was turning into a losing battle,” he said.

He didn’t think about dying, he said. He only thought about falling.

An ‘unbelievable’ sight

Off-duty Wichita police officer Brian Safris had just picked up his 3-year-old daughter from daycare.

He was driving home when he saw the traffic accident ahead.

He slowed down and noticed a man bending over the railing. He didn’t know what was going on.

Then he saw a head pop up.

“Unbelievable,” Safris said. “Holy cow. I can’t believe what I’m seeing.”

Safris pulled over and ran to the ledge. The two men were in a stalemate, he said.

He could see the terror in McIntyre’s face and the concentration in the teenager’s face.

“Calm down,” Safris told McIntyre. “You’re gonna be OK. You’re gonna be OK.”

He hooked one arm underneath McIntyre’s armpit. With his other arm, he reached down and tried to grab him by the waist.

Safris grabbed hold of McIntyre’s suspenders, which came off.

Again, he reached for McIntyre’s waist, this time gaining more leverage.

Third rescuer the charm

Jeffry Templeton, a firefighter with McConnell Air Force Base, was driving home with his wife and two children, one 6 years old, the other 7 weeks old, when he approached the wreck.

A man was leaning over the ledge, pulling something, maybe an object or some debris, he thought.

Then he realized it was a man.

He threw his car into park, jumped out and ran to the scene.

Bending down, he wrapped his arms around McIntyre and pulled.

The three men – the teenager, the police officer and the firefighter – pulled as hard as they could.

McIntyre’s chest now was above the ledge.

McIntyre could feel the concrete scratching and digging into his skin.

“It felt so good,” he said. “I knew I was getting up over the side of the wall.”

Finally, they pulled McIntyre, a husband, father and business owner, to safety.

Right place, right time

McIntyre’s face was white as a sheet, said Wichita police Sgt. Jamal Shourbaji, who later arrived on the scene.

Clearly shaken, he repeatedly thanked his rescuers, already knowing there was no way to thank people who had just saved his life.

The men estimate the ordeal lasted one to two minutes.

Emergency medical workers bandaged McIntyre’s bleeding arm. Besides a few scratches, he was fine.

Only when he was safe did he realize how close he had been to death, he said.

Safris and Templeton don’t think they did anything unusual or heroic.

On or off-duty, they’re trained to help people, they said. They were just glad they were in the right place at the right time.

“Any one of the guys at this Fire Department would have done the same thing,” Templeton said.

Car fire considered suspicious

Leavenworth Times – July 29, 2015

Firefighters are investigating a suspicious fire that destroyed a car early Tuesday morning in Lansing, a fire department official said.
The fire was reported at 12:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of North Fourth Street. No injuries were reported.
Rick Huhn, chief of Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1, said the fire destroyed a 1997 Infiniti car.
He said neighbors reported seeing someone running away from the area before the vehicle caught fire.
“We’re still investigating,” he said.

Monday’s fire considered total loss; firefighter still in hospital

By Ashley Booker
Hutchinson News – July 28, 2015

An apartment building that caught fire Monday possibly due to an electrical problem has been considered a total loss by the Hutchinson Fire Department.

Fire Chief Kim Forbes said the apartment building at 126 W. 12th Avenue has an estimated $100,000 in damages and the structure is a total loss.

A firefighter was taken to Hutchinson Regional Medical Center afterwards for possibly heat exhaustion due to the extreme heat conditions. The firefighter was still at the hospital Tuesday afternoon and was undergoing additional tests, Forbes said.

Although the firefighter wasn’t injured, he did stay overnight Monday for observation.

Temperatures inside the building were around 400 to 500 degrees when firefighters were inside. The crews had to be removed from the attic because temperatures reached possibly between 1200 and 1400 degrees.

Although chainsaws were used on the roof to remove heat for firefighters to go into the attic, the temperatures were still too high and aerial crews were called in to shoot water from above.

The 2.5 story apartment was converted from a single-family home, which made it difficult for the crews to penetrate the entirety of the fire.

Ventilation chases between two or three apartments possibly allowed the fire to spread from apartment to apartment, Forbes said.

The structure took an hour to debulk, and another hour-and-a-half to work hot spots and do salvage and overhaul.

Part of the roof collapsed during the fire.

Although the fire took some time to put out, Forbes says electrical fires like this aren’t uncommon during the heat of the summer. He said especially “when we get 100 degree plus temps.”

With higher temperatures air conditioning units or window units don’t shut off, especially for older homes or apartments without proper insulation to cool them down.

Cooling system typically overload circuits in older-style homes, sometimes causing wires to get cherry red and set plaster and insulation on fire – which is possibly what happened in this case, Forbes said.

Small fire quickly contained at Spangles restaurant

By Gary Demuth
Salina Journal – July 28, 2015

A smoldering cigarette was determined to be the cause of a small fire Tuesday afternoon on the east side of Spangles restaurant, 1720 W. Crawford.

The Salina Fire Department was called to the scene about 2:15 after it was reported that a fire was coming from an exterior wall. Salina Fire Marshal Roger Williams said the fire had started beneath some siding in an alcove connected to the back of the restaurant, an area where employees congregate to smoke cigarettes.

The fire was quickly contained and no one was injured, Williams said. The store was back open for business shortly after 3 p.m. — but not before employees were reminded of fire safety rules.

“We talked to the employees about smoking in proximity to the building,” he said.

Williams said the fire reminded him of April’s fire at Flying J Travel Plaza, where improper disposal of smoking materials caused extensive damage to a convenience store and restaurant.

Emporia Fire Dept. puts out Police Dept’s flame as they win Battle of the Badge

By Lindsay Sax
WIBW – July 28, 2015

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First responders in Emporia greeted blood donors Tuesday. It was all part of the Battle of the Badges blood drive at the 12th Avenue Baptist Church.

After giving blood, donors could pick a team – cops or firefighters – and the whichever one raised the most pints took home the crown.

“Our rivalry between the fire department’s pretty good,” said Detective Dominick Vortherms, Emporia police department. “Every year we’ve been on the radio, we give each other pretty much a hard time. We have that good banter back and fourth, be we both know that we’re here to try and held and serve to a good cause of giving blood.”

Police and firefighters vied for the traveling trophy, but worked together to help out the community.

“It’s a lot of work, a lot of coordination between the two department and also the Red Cross,” said Reason Bradford, Emporia fire marshal. “A lot of fun, having a good time.”

This year’s big winner was the fire department.

KVOE Radio reports that the fire team beat out the police department by a vote of 115 to 112.

Good Samaritians’ ‘refreshing’ help to Hutch firefighter on sweltering day stirs up his gratitude

By Kathy Hanks
Hutchinson News – July 28, 2015

Monday was a long day for Hutchinson firefighter Jesse Martin.

As the chief training officer, he helped battle a blaze in 101-degree heat. Then, when he was headed home in a big red Hutchinson Fire Department vehicle, it began over-heating and broke down on 33rd Avenue near Waldron Street.

Still dressed in his firefighting gear, he stood by the side of the road looking under the truck’s hood, with smoke billowing out from the engine. Martin called the on-duty battalion chief and was waiting for assistance.

Despite the unusual scene of a smoking fire vehicle, cars kept flying past except for a couple in a brown Kia Soul. They stopped to make sure everything was OK.

Martin thanked them and told them help was on the way. Once they knew Martin was safe, they drove away.

About 10 minutes later the nice couple reappeared with two large bottles of Gatorade and a large cup of ice for the firefighter, still sweating in his gear.

“I must have looked parched,” Martin said.

The incident not only renewed his faith in humankind, but also showed him the power of social networking. Later that evening, curious who the good Samaritans were, Martin went to his Facebook page, explaining what had happened.

“If you know this couple please let them know how much I truly appreciated their kind hearts and concern, we need more people like that in this world!”

Within 10 minutes of posting, he learned the good Samaritans were Richie and Brenda Huddleston.

The incident made for a memorable 33rd birthday for Martin.

Meanwhile, Richie Huddleston, who works for Luminous Neon, learned from a mutual friend that Martin was appreciative.

“It was no big deal,” Huddleston said. It was hot and they stopped to see if Martin needed help. When he declined to get in their car to wait, they drove away and immediately went to get him something cold to drink.

“He was ecstatic and shook my hand,” Huddleston said of Martin’s reaction when they returned with the drinks. “We were just glad we could help. He’s out there saving lives. We need to do something back.”

Fire & Rescue Training Institute receives $450,000 grant

Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute – July 28, 2015

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Driving fire apparatus can be a dangerous task even under the best of conditions. Responding in all kinds of weather, with unpredictable traffic conditions and the stress of trying to get to an incident as quickly as possible can result in unexpected consequences. There are almost 2,500 accidents in the United States involving fire apparatus every year. Up to 25 percent of firefighter line-of-duty deaths occur when responding to or returning from emergency incidents.

The Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute, a unit of KU Professional and Continuing Education, recently received a $450,000 grant to purchase two computer-based fire apparatus driving simulators. The grant was awarded by the Department of Homeland Security’s Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

The equipment is designed to simulate driving fire apparatus in emergency and non-emergency situations and in all weather conditions. These simulators will be mounted in a 26-foot trailer that will enable the institute to take the simulators to fire departments throughout Kansas for training. These simulators will supplement driver/operator training already provided by the institute and will be targeted to help reduce and eliminate fire apparatus accidents.

The Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute was created in 1949 by Kansas law to provide training for the Kansas Fire Service. The institute is a dynamic organization providing training services through a Mobile Fire Academy concept. This concept is designed to accommodate local needs through training delivered anywhere in Kansas.

Photo: The Alabama Fire College utilizes a trailer equipped with a driving simulator, similar to the type ordered by KU. Image courtesy Alabama Fire College.

Online Training Now Available: Transportation Rail Incident Preparedness and Response – Flammable Liquid Unit Trains

Published Date: 07.28.2015
Source: TRANSCAER

TRANSCAER has released new free online training for Transportation Rail Incident Preparedness and Response (TRIPR), Flammable Liquid Unit Trains. The resource materials were developed to provide critical information on best practices related to rail incidents involving hazard class 3 flammable liquids, such as crude oil and ethanol.

A key component of this initiative is to learn from past experiences and to leverage the expertise of public safety agencies, rail carriers, and industry subject matter experts in order to prepare first responders to safely manage incidents involving flammable liquid unit trains.

These training resources offer a flexible approach to training the first responders and emergency services personnel in pre-incident planning and response. Each module contains a PowerPoint presentation, Student Workbook, and Instructor Lesson Plan. In addition to these materials, there are three interactive scenarios with animation and introduction videos to help instructors lead tabletop discussions.

Access the TRIPR materials.

Logan fire

Phillips County Review – July 22, 2015
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An investigator from the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s office is pictured last Thursday at what used to be the entrance to Logan Hardware. A fire destroyed the building and contents the night before. The adjacent liquor store was also destroyed, while the U.S. Post Office has smoke damage.

Hodgeman County Accident Takes Life of 45 Year Old Man

Western Kansas News – July 28, 2015

A driver was ejected from his truck in a rollover crash Friday afternoon that claimed the life of a 45 year old man from Bazine on Hodgeman County Road 228 almost six miles north of Hanston. The tire on Sergio Mendez’s truck blew causing the accident. Mendez was taken to Hodgeman County Medical Center where attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Another accident occurred shortly before six Friday afternoon on Scott County road #160 one mile north of K96 in Scott City. The Highway Patrol says 21 year old Curtiss Chambliss Junior failed to yield at an intersection and collided with a jeep driven by 21 year old Chelsea Smith. Smith’s 11 month old son was in a safety seat. All three injury victims are from Scott City and were taken to Scott County Hospital for treatment.

Fiery crash south of Emporia kills semi driver

By Chris Fisher
WIBW – July 28, 2015

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The driver of an 18-wheeler is dead following a fatal collision involving two big rigs south of Emporia.

The Kansas Turnpike Authority says both lanes of north bound I-35 near mile marker 116 have been shut down Tuesday morning because of the crash.

The crash happened around 2 a.m. Tuesday approximately 11-miles south of Emporia.

KTA Officials said one of the semi was completely involved in flames shortly after the accident.

It’s not known at this time why the two collided.

The identity of the drivers has not been released and officials say that the turnpike could be closed for several hours. This is a developing story, updates will be posted as soon as information becomes available.

KVOE is reporting that KTA officials are saying the north bound lanes of I-35 near the crash site will not be reopened to traffic until at least 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Lecture Registration Deadline 8/7/15!

Good Afternoon,

Another reminder regarding Midwest F.O.O.L.S. 3rd Annual Lecture Series on August 12th, featuring Chief Bobby Halton with Fire Engineering and Captain Mike Dugan (FDNY) ret. Registration will be closing Friday, August 7th at 5:00pm. We encourage those who have not yet registered to register soon to guarantee your spot as spots are limited!!! We look forward to a day of discussion on Fire Service Leadership and Tactics.

Register at www.eventbrite.com search for Midwest FOOLS. Please see attached flyer for more information.

This is a fundraising event for S.A.F.E. and future Midwest F.O.O.L.S. training events.

We hope to see you there!

Midwest F.O.O.L.S.

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No one injured in house fire on 12th Avenue

Hutchinson News – July 27, 2015

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Everyone was out safely and no one was hurt after a house fire Monday afternoon at 126 W. 12th Ave. in Hutchinson.

Hutchinson Fire Department Chief Kim Forbes said the fire was on the second floor of the dwelling and in the attic.

Five fire trucks were on the scene as of about 2:30 p.m., but only three were actually working the fire.

Firefighters used chainsaws to cut open the roof and gain access to the attic.

James A. Jim Teeter

James A. Jim Teeter, 70, of Marquette, Kansas, passed away at 3:00 p.m., Friday, July 17th, 2015 at his home, rural Marquette, Kansas.

James was born in Little River, Kansas on February 27, 1945, a son of Dorothy (Inlow) and William Joseph (Bill) Teeter.

Jim attended school in Texas, Oklahoma, and in Missouri and graduated from Marquette High School, Marquette, Kansas.

Jim honorably served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Through the years Jim worked for CMS Lumber and Keystone Railways both of McPherson, owned and operated the Marquette Lumber Company along with his brother-in-law Max Buffington and retired from Star Lumber in Salina, Kansas.

Jim was a member of NRA, American Legion Post 253 of Marquette, Kansas and served as a volunteer firefighter for many years.

James A. Teeter was united in marriage to Billie J. Buffington. James A. Teeter was united in marriage to Carol S. Rickard on June 3, 1995 at their home, rural Marquette.

Jim is survived by his loving and caring wife of over 20 years, Carol Teeter, of Marquette, Kansas; his son Mike Teeter, of McPherson, Kansas; his siblings, Betty Grubb, of Manhattan, Kansas, Max Teeter and his wife Winnie, of Wichita, Kansas, and William “Bill” Teeter and his wife Linda, of Little River, Kansas; 6 grandchildren, James Jonathan Teeter, Jr., Jake Teeter, Jeanluc William Teeter, Brandon Joseph Teeter, Keagun Teeter, and Marie Bradley; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Dorothy Teeter; a sister, Phyllis Webster; and sons, James Jonathan Teeter, Sr. and Ricky L. Hudson.

The memorial service will be held at Marquette United Methodist Church, Marquette, Kansas, at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 with Pastor Tim Bever officiating.

Family request donations to American Legion Post 253, Marquette, or the Marquette United Methodist Church and they can be sent in care of the Glidden – Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.

Child trapped in hot car? Here’s how to break a window

By Gwen Baumgardner
KSNT – July 27, 2015

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Each year hundreds of animals and dozens of children die after being left in hot cars. It’s something that can easily be prevented from both parents and bystanders.

Law enforcement says if you see a child or pet in a hot car, “Absolutely break that window,” says Mission Township Firefighter, Patrick Stueve.

Which is exactly what one woman did after she spotted an infant in a car at a Kansas shopping center last week.
It took minutes to finally get the window to break, even though she was using a metal tire iron. The problem wasn’t what she was using, rather where she was hitting.

“When they hit it in the center, it didn’t want to break,” says Silver Lake Fire District Assistant Chief, Stephen Peak.

That’s because the center of a window is the strongest part of the glass.

“To get it to break the quickest and easiest way, is to put the tool right in the bottom corner of the window and it’ll break within one or two strikes of the window,” says Peak.

Tire irons, and really anything metal, can break the window if hit in the corner.

“You can also take the radio antenna off your car. The part that has the ball at the end of it, and spring that radio antenna back and have that ball spring right into the corner of the window and you can use that to get in,” says Peak.

Another item many stores now sell is an ’emergency hammer’. It works in one hit, because of it has a sharp point on the end.

Many times breaking the window is your only option, because finding the car owner may take too long.

The temperature inside your car is often much hotter than the temperature outside.

“It ranges anywhere from 125 to 145 degrees inside this vehicle,” says Stueve.

“If they’re [child] in there for more than an hour, they’re going to be in a lot of serious trouble,” says Peak.

But he admits that often it can only take minutes for a child to be in danger.

Local firefighter earns title ‘Toughest Competitor Alive’

By Zaldy Doyungan
KSNT – July 27, 2015

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Husband, father, and a good friend… things that can describe Bruce Coates.

“He’s always there helping you, pushing you, encouraging you,” said Michael Barbosa, firefighter paramedic at the Potawatomi Tribal Fire Department. “Being around him in general has been a really good thing.”

Barbosa works with Coates at the Potawatomi Tribal Fire Department, a fire station located in the middle of the Potawatomi Indian Reservation near Mayetta, Kansas.

Coates is currently a lieutenant paramedic at the fire department, but he now wears another title on his belt, “Toughest Competitor Alive.”

Earlier in July, the 45-year-old Coates competed in the World Police and Fire Games in Fairfax, Va.

This wasn’t the first time he competed, but he wanted to see what he was truly capable of.

“Formerly I lived in Florida and competed in the Florida Police and Fire Games and placed,” Coates said. “But I have always wanted to test myself internationally in the world games.”

So what entails to be the Toughest Competitor Alive?

It’s a competition that includes eight tough events, such as a 5k, rope climb, bench, etc., all in one day, testing one’s strength, skill, and will power.

“I wasn’t the fastest guy, I wasn’t the strongest guy, but I’m pretty well rounded with my fitness training that I could do well,” Coates said.

His thoughts were right.

Event after event, Coates went neck and neck with the other competitors in the 40-49 year old, Heavyweight division.

However, after 7 events, Coates found himself at second place. That’s when he hit a wall.

“At that point, I was having problems with cramps,” Coates said. “My arms were cramping up from the pull ups and fatigue, my calves were cramping.”

Coates wife even had to use a roller to smooth out the cramps in his calves. Coates grimaced as his wife tried her best to stretch out the muscles in his legs.

However, he powered through the last event, which was the obstacle course.

After the event, they revealed the results, and he saw his name atop the leader board, and for him, the feeling could not get any better.

“It was a big goal,” Coates said. “At this stage of my career, 45 years old, to push myself physically and come out on top… yeah it was a great feeling.”

He’s now taking a break from competition, at least for a year. However the 2017 games will be in Montreal, and we’ll have to see if Coates will come out to defend his title.

Kansas City, Kan. girl was killed Sunday in one-vehicle fatality

By Glenn E. Rice
Kansas City Star – July 27, 2015

A 9-year-old girl killed in a one-vehicle, rollover accident Sunday was identified by authorities as Melanie Ayerim-Macias of Kansas City, Kan.

The crash happened at 6:27 p.m. on Interstate 70 near Odessa at the 36.4-mile marker.

Four other occupants of the 2001 Nissan Maxima also were injured. The Maxima was westbound on I-70 when the 33-year-old driver lost control and the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway. It returned to the right shoulder and overturned several times, ejecting Melanie and a 6-year-old girl, before landing in a ditch.

Melanie and the 6-year-old were not wearing seat belts, according to the accident report.

Boat, jet-ski collide at Cheney Lake

By Ashley Booker
Hutchinson News – July 27, 2015

Three people might be injured in a boat and jet-ski accident at Cheney Lake Sunday evening.

At 8:36 p.m., a boat and jet-ski collided at Cheney Lake near Hobie Beach, according to Reno County dispatch officials.

According to scanner traffic, there were two females in the boat with head injuries, and possibly one other person with an injury. Traffic also indicated the jet-ski allegedly struck the boat.

Cheney and Pretty Prairie fire departments and EMS were on the scene.

Oakland house fire attributed to child playing with matches

Topeka Capital Journal – July 27, 2015

A fire that damaged a home in the Oakland neighborhood Saturday morning was caused by a child playing with matches, according to fire officials.

Firefighters responded about 10:40 a.m. to the fire on the second story of a house at 1238 N.E. Chester.

Residents were on the first floor when they smelled smoke coming from upstairs, fire Investigator Alan Stahl said in a news release. When the occupants went to investigate the source of the smoke, they found fire in a bedroom and evacuated the home.

At the scene, Battalion Chief Eric Bauer identified the bedroom as belonging to a child and said the fire was contained to that room.

No injuries were reported, Bauer said.

After investigation, Stahl said, the blaze was determined to be accidental and associated with a child playing with matches.

He estimated damages at $10,000 in structural damage and $5,000 in content loss.

Child hospitalized after falling into swimming pool

Emporia Gazette – July 27, 2015

One child remains hospitalized after a near drowning Sunday afternoon. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, Olpe First Responders and Emporia EMS responded to a report of a drowning near Olpe at 4:47 p.m. on Sunday.

“Lyon County Deputies, Olpe First Responders and Emporia EMS were dispatched to 364 Road J for a report of a drowning,” Zachary Shafer, Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputy said.

A 3-year-old boy, who has yet to be named, opened a gate to a pool area and fell into the water. It was reported that he was only under the water for a short amount of time.

The child was transported by Emporia EMS to Newman Regional Health for initial treatment before being transported to another hospital.

“He was flown to an unknown hospital by Life Flight,” Shafer said. “His condition is unknown at this time.”

The incident remains under investigation by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

Barn fire reported north of Emporia

Emporia Gazette – July 27, 2015

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Emporia and Americus firefighters responded to a report of a barn on fire at 1124 Road 200 at 5:38 a.m. Sunday morning.
Fire departments from Reading and Allen-Admire also assisted.
A barn on the property was said to be fully engulfed at the time firefighters arrived on scene. The barn and hay inside were a total loss.
No injuries were reported.
Emporia Fire Battalion Chief Rich Gould said an investigation is on-going into the cause of the fire.
The names of the property owners have not yet been released.

Kan. woman hospitalized after head-on crash, fire

Salina Post – July 26, 2015

A Kansas woman was injured in an accident just before 3 a.m. on Sunday in Wilson County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2005 GMC Sierra pickup driven by Juaire J. Wyatt, 23, Neodesha, was southbound on U.S. 75 one mile south of Altoona.

The truck hit a northbound 2015 Dodge Dart head on and rolled. The Dodge driven by Judy K. Allen, 54, Altoona, caught fire.

Allen was transported to Fredonia Regional Hospital.

Wyatt was not wearing a seat belt and was not injured according to the KHP.

Man dies in Butler Co. rollover accident

KWCH – July 27, 2015

The Kansas Highway Patrol says an El Dorado man has died after a rollover accident in Butler County Saturday night.

KHP says 32-year-old Derrick Plummer and another 32-year-old man were driving just north of K-254 on Boyer in El Dorado around 9:30 Saturday night, when their vehicle left the road, struck a light pole and rolled several times.

Both Plummer and the other man were ejected from the vehicle. Plummer was pronounced dead, the other man was taken to a Wichita hospital in unknown condition.

KHP says speed did play a factor in the accident, and it is unclear who was driving at the time. KHP says Plummer and the other man were not wearing seat belts at the time.

1 hospitalized after Kansas boat fire

Hays Post – July 27, 2015

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One person was injured in a fire at Tuttle Creek on Saturday.

The Blue Township Fire Department (BTFD) was dispatched at around 2:30 p.m. to the Wildcat Marina on Spillway Marina Road for a report of a boat on fire in the water.

Upon arrival, crews found a ski boat on fire in the bay and began to work alongside personnel from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

The boat was brought into shore to allow firefighters easier access to the fire. As a precaution, the Incident Commander called for Manhattan Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials team to assist in case of any fuel spill resulting from the boat possibly capsizing, according to Austin Rice, BTFD Public Information Officer

“Thankfully, no fuel was spilled and Blue Township crews were able to successfully extinguish the fire safely with no significant fuel spill,” said Rice. “Blue Township had a total of 3 fire trucks with 9 total firefighters respond to the incident.

The boat is considered to be a total loss and there was a report of 1 person with minor burns as a result of the fire. They transported themselves to the hospital.”

Rice added that there is no word on what caused the boat fire at this time.

Arson suspected in north Wichita fire

By Beccy Tanner
Wichita Eagle – July 27, 2015

Wichita police were called to the 1700 block of North McFarland shortly before 1:30 Sunday morning.

When officers arrived at the at a residence, they were contacted by a 19-year-old woman who said she and her 2-year-old daughter were sleeping when they heard a loud noise, according to Sgt. Bob Gulliver, spokesman for the Wichita Police Department.

The woman told police she got out of bed and discovered flames on the outside of her house. She and a neighbor were able to extinguish the flames.

The Wichita Fire Department was called and firefighters suspect the fire may have been caused by arson, Gulliver said.

Crews respond to fire at Dillons grocery store in Hays

Hays Post – July 27, 2015

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Crews from the Hays Fire Department responded to an early-Sunday-morning structure fire reported at the Dillons grocery store in the 1900 block of Vine.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a food cooler that had fire damage. The fire had been extinguished by Dillons employees prior to crews’ arrival.

The fire was reported at 1:15 a.m. Five fire trucks and 14 firefighters responded along with the Hays Police Department and Ellis County EMS.

The firs fire crews to arrive on scene were able to turn off the power to the individual cooler. Crews then started to focus efforts on removing smoke from inside the building.

Ellis County Emergency Management also responded and assisted in contacting the state to have an inspector check for potential food hazards.

“The fire department would like to thank the employee’s of Dillons for their quick thinking of using a portable fire extinguisher and promptly calling 911,” the Hays Fire Department said in a news release on the call.

None injured in Sunday morning house fire in southeast Topeka

By Adam Vlach
Topeka Capital Journal – July 27, 2015

Photo by Adam Vlach.

Photo by Adam Vlach.

No one was injured in an early Sunday house fire that forced fire crews to extinguish it from outside, according to a news release from the city of Topeka.

The Topeka Fire Department responded shortly after 4 a.m. to a house fire in the 1000 block of S.E. Bellview Street.

Upon arrival, fire crews saw large flames coming from the second story of the house. They entered the house to extinguish the fire but were forced out because of the size of the fire. The crews extinguished the flames from outside the house, the release said.

Crews were unable to locate anyone inside the house during the fire.

The 911 call was placed by neighbors who saw smoke coming from the house, the news release said. The owners of the home, Dennis and Estelle Dunbar, eventually were contacted by phone, and they confirmed no one was home at the time of the fire.

The Dunbars were outside their home Sunday afternoon looking at the damage. Despite the circumstances, they both said they were grateful no one was hurt.

“We are all OK, we weren’t here, and we’re fine,” Estelle Dunbar said. “Even the dog.”

The Dunbars said they were told the report wasn’t complete but that the fire department believed it was lightning that started the fire. The majority of the damage was to the roof and upper level of the house.

An estimated $58,960 in damages occurred, with $38,960 in structural damage and $20,000 in content loss, the release said.



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