City, county fire crews ready to respond for water rescues

By John Asebes
KSN – October 10, 2018


Both the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County Fire Department have pulled together their best rescue teams to respond if needed for water rescue.

“We took some steps today to make sure our technical rescue team is fully staffed,” says Wichita Fire Department Deputy Chief Stuart Bevis.

They may be firefighters, but they’re ready to hit the water.

“We were just talking that they were a little concerned with Cowskin Creek and how that might crest and what might happen from that,” says Bevis.

Both the Wichita Fire Department and Sedgwick County Fire Department have their boats out and gear ready.

“They have extra apparatus’s ready… And two small teams if they needed to, to go in two sides in the body of water if they needed to,” says Bevis.

“We are prepared to do really all types of swift water, moving water, static water rescues,” adds Sedgwick County Fire Captain Don Boone

Station 4 in Wichita has two boats a jet ski ad eight guys ready to suit up in scuba gear. Sedgwick County has 15 water technicians, five per shift, They also have two boats. Both departments share the same concerns.

“People think, ‘The rain has stopped. I can go down by the big ditch or down by the river.” Bevis adds, “We would caution people to be very careful.”

“My biggest concern is someone trying to cross the roadway. The vehicle gets pushed off, and now they are out in the ditch or on the field, and it is very easy for the car to get rolled over at that point,” Boone says.

Both teams are ready to respond now. They say the water will be a concern for the next few days,

“It is a recipe for disaster,” Bevis says.

They’re asking you to use caution while out on the roads.

“It is impossible to tell how deep the road is,” says Boone.


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