Quantcast

Disaster Drill - KOAM TV 7

Disaster Drill

Updated:
CRAWFORD COUNTY, KANSAS -

Kansas Task Force 4 is a local disaster response team comprised of members of multiple Kansas fire departments. They spent Thursday simulating their response to a tornado strike, an exercise that provides priceless, hands on training.

"Our job is based off of repetition. The more repetitions we can get, the better. For the last 3 to 4 years, our task force has been able to conduct an exercise like this, and I definitely believe it's putting us ahead of the game," said Kansas Task Force 4 member Andrew Johnston.

The team spent the day combing through rubble meant to simulate a collapsed building, and searching for victims. Task force members used GPS and the latest technology to locate and access victims.

"That technology lets us see exactly where they've been and what they saw. They can put markings in. We can overlay that on a map, and make sure we've covered everything," said Johnston.

The operation was run by Midwest Search and Rescue. They specialize in creating unique scenarios for response teams that often simulate life and death situations.

"It's one thing to practice skills. But when you add the element, even if it's a mannequin, to a scenario that's real and plausible, it creates a different stress level," said Midwest Search and Rescue President Jackie Miller.

The tornado strike exercise simulated a lot more than just physical operations. The chain of command and other organizational aspects were also tested. Fortunately for local Kansans, the trainers like what they're seeing from Kansas Task Force 4.

"I'm very impressed with Kansas Task Force 4. They have really made the effort to work together on their skills, leadership and teamwork," said Miller.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Missing Person: Joplin Police Ask for Public's Help

    Missing Person: Joplin Police Ask for Public's Help

    Thursday, August 16 2018 2:08 PM EDT2018-08-16 18:08:25 GMT
    Missing: Sarah Burton of Joplin, MOMissing: Sarah Burton of Joplin, MO
    Missing: Sarah Burton of Joplin, MOMissing: Sarah Burton of Joplin, MO
    The Joplin Police Department asks for the public's help in finding 28-year-old Sarah E. Burton of Joplin. She was last seen walking in the area of 10th and Rex on July 16th, 2018 and reported missing to JPD on July 20th, 2018. Burton is described as 5"07, 160 pounds, brown hair and blue eyes. Detectives have interviewed several people and followed up on leads in Joplin, Jasper County, Newton County, Oklahoma and Kansas in this case. Authorities say there are no known v...More >>
    The Joplin Police Department asks for the public's help in finding 28-year-old Sarah E. Burton of Joplin. She was last seen walking in the area of 10th and Rex on July 16th, 2018 and reported missing to JPD on July 20th, 2018. Burton is described as 5"07, 160 pounds, brown hair and blue eyes. Detectives have interviewed several people and followed up on leads in Joplin, Jasper County, Newton County, Oklahoma and Kansas in this case. Authorities say there are no known v...More >>
  • Body Found in Nevada, MO Motel Room

    Body Found in Nevada, MO Motel Room

    Thursday, August 16 2018 12:53 PM EDT2018-08-16 16:53:37 GMT

    The Nevada Police Department received a call on August 15th, 2018 about a deceased woman in a motel room. According to Lt. Steve Basto, it appeared she had been dead for some time, however, authorities are waiting on autopsy results to determine how long. Lt. Basto says they do not suspect foul play at this time. A detective is investigating which is standard procedure with any death, suspicious or not. Police would not confirm what motel she was found in and have not released...

    More >>

    The Nevada Police Department received a call on August 15th, 2018 about a deceased woman in a motel room. According to Lt. Steve Basto, it appeared she had been dead for some time, however, authorities are waiting on autopsy results to determine how long. Lt. Basto says they do not suspect foul play at this time. A detective is investigating which is standard procedure with any death, suspicious or not. Police would not confirm what motel she was found in and have not released...

    More >>
  • City Council Fires Humboldt, KS Police Chief

    City Council Fires Humboldt, KS Police Chief

    Thursday, August 16 2018 11:36 AM EDT2018-08-16 15:36:24 GMT
    Brian DillowBrian Dillow
    Brian DillowBrian Dillow
    The Humboldt City Council votes 6-0 to terminate Brian Dillow as police chief. Dillow was arrested on June 27th, 2018 after deputies were called to his home in Humboldt for a suspected domestic dispute. The Allen County Attorney's Office passed the case to Coffey County Attorney Christopher B. Phelan to avoid a possible conflict of interest. Phelan's office filed four misdemeanor charges against Dillow: domestic battery, battery and two counts of criminal damage....More >>
    The Humboldt City Council votes 6-0 to terminate Brian Dillow as police chief. Dillow was arrested on June 27th, 2018 after deputies were called to his home in Humboldt for a suspected domestic dispute. The Allen County Attorney's Office passed the case to Coffey County Attorney Christopher B. Phelan to avoid a possible conflict of interest. Phelan's office filed four misdemeanor charges against Dillow: domestic battery, battery and two counts of criminal damage....More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by Frankly, Inc. All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.