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
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – July 31, 2015

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
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – July 31, 2015

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
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – July 31, 2015

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
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – July 31, 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.

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