Hays firefighters are not heroes

Garden City Telegram – March 14, 2018

On March 6, parts of the city of Hays were put at risk because of grass fires pushed by high winds. But for the efforts of firefighting crews, many could have lost homes and businesses, if not lives. The crews fought and won the battle with the fires.

It would be easy to call the firefighters heroes. I suggest they are much more than that. Instead, they demonstrated how well-trained and prepared they were for such an event. According to a quote in The Hays Daily News, “Such a grass fire has not been seen in our area in over 15 years.” Yet the firefighters (and those who assisted them) utilized their training and preparedness to protect and save the city.

A large portion of our practice is dealing with families in a crisis. It might be a chronic illness, a terminal illness or even frailty caused by aging issues. It also might be sudden, unexpected death.

For some of those families, we have been able to work with them to prepare them for such an event. We have talked about and played the “what if” game — what if you suddenly get sick, what if you die unexpectedly, what if you develop a chronic illness?

The planning we do takes into consideration those “what ifs.”

In the end, some families call us heroes. I like to think we are not heroes; that we are just well-trained and prepared. I also would suggest part of that success is because of our clients. They are the ones who allow us to be proactive in our planning. They allow us to partner with them to get prepared. They allow us to rally their family and other support systems during a time of crisis (much like the citizens and businesses of Hays rallied around the Hays firefighters).

In a time of crisis, it is time to rally the troops, but that rallying really needs to start well before a crisis develops. The Hays firefighters taught us an important lesson: There is nothing like being prepared, trained and having the available tools at the appropriate time. It is important to know when to call in help, and know how to coordinate that help.

To the Hays firefighters who fought the grass fires of March 6, and those who assisted them, thank you for doing your job, thank you for all of your training, thank you for being prepared, and thank you for saving our community.

Randy Clinkscales founded Clinkscales Elder Law Practice in 1985. He is a 1980 graduate of Washburn Law School and has represented clients at the administrative, county, state and federal levels.


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5 Responses to “Hays firefighters are not heroes”

  1. 1 Lightning MQ. March 16, 2018 at 1:09 am

    Nope, I hope you understand what you’ve done in posting your self gratifying, chest beating, you’re welcome for my service comments. I know your chief doesn’t appreciate the comments and insults you’ve exposed everyone in the fire service to. For decades, there’s been conflict between rural and city fire. And under chief Meyer’s leadership, WITH the assistance of the city, rural fire has become the agency it is. When it’s time to train, you’re not here, when it’s time to parade, you’re first in line. You’ve brought just a little bit of shame to all Ellis county fire services. I’m so disappointed in you.

  2. 2 Thought all were brothers March 15, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I agree that the article should have included the county firefighters who did an excellent job. But nope is acting like the Hays guys did nothing and that simply isn’t true. From what you wrote it sounds like you have a personal problem with Hays and thats too bad. From where Ive sat watching everyone did their job and did it well. But I guess the whole brotherhood of firefighters thing is lost on you. Once again thats too bad. I hope maybe you can get past whatever your issue is and start working together.

  3. 3 Dirt Dog March 14, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Ouch, I guess there’s no love lost by this guy. I watched as the city guys fight a hell of a fight with house fire stuff, NOT specially designed grass stuff. But, how many trucks did the ECRFD tear up, costing the taxpayers more money in repairs then lost CRP? I’ve got the most reverent respect for anybody that does that job, and up till “NOPE”‘s post, I thought they were on the same team. Sad. Aside from somebodies whining, Randy, very well written.

  4. 4 Nope March 14, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Yeah, well said Randy. Maybe while you’re clicking around on the interwebs, you need to educate yourself on the difference between the “Hays firefighters” who are trained in medical emergencies weather response and structure fires not wildland fires. This particular fire saw ELLIS COUNTY COMPANY 5(who is in fact, trained in ALL the aspects above and dozens more), in command of the scene with ASSISTANCE provided by the city of Hays. Who interestingly enough is NOT trained in Wildland fires at all. Unless they were with a county company first. And yes, while I agree with some of your one track mind statement, I disgree with the heroes statment 100%! It was CO 5 and CO 4, CO 2, CO 6, Trego, Rooks, Gorham, the Natl Guard and anyone who could haul water that headed north after they finished the fire along 27th St to fight a monster 10,000 acre blaze for another 24 hours! They truly are HEROES because they VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME, RISK IT ALL and ask for NOTHING in return but more training, to be better, stronger and faster the next go round. Because there will be another go round, and another after that. What does Hays do? They go home at end of shift after hauling countless ill people to the hospital all day only wishing they actually got to fight with a real fire.

  5. 5 Anonymous March 14, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Well said


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