Local firefighters respond in task force to Eureka victims

By Greg Lower
Chanute Tribune – July 2, 2018

Chanute firefighters responded earlier this week to assist victims of the Eureka tornado.

Five firefighters left Chanute Tuesday evening as part of Task Force 4 after the F3 tornado struck Eureka. They returned Wednesday afternoon.

Fire Chief Kevin Jones said task forces were established in each Homeland Security region to perform heavy rescues and respond to emergencies such as grain bin collapses. The task forces were later consolidated under the Kansas Fire Marshal’s office, and Chanute firefighters responded along with those from Pittsburg, Parsons and Neodesha.

Captains Dale Lowry and Chad Small and firefighters Lucas Hutson, Matthew Byerley and Brian Butrick went to Eureka.

“One of our objectives was to mark high-hazard areas such as power lines and things,” Lowry told a Joplin television station. “It provides data to other agencies to maybe help these folks get back in their homes faster.”

Jones said firefighters all over the state dedicated a lot of personal time to make the task forces successful.

“These guys have taken it on themselves,” he said.

“We take pride in coming together into one team and working together and being able to help those folks that need us,” Lowry said.


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