Answering the Call

neodesha8Many times during the course of each day the El Dorado Fire Department answers the call for assistance or emergencies in our community. Yesterday was no different…..except one call that came from outside our normal response district.

Early yesterday morning a fire broke out in Neodesha Kansas at the Airosol manufacturing facility. This is a place where many different chemicals are placed into cans, sealed, and pressurized to make many of the aerosol spray products that we all use daily. The fire burned intensely for hours and destroyed much of the facility. You can imagine that the local Fire Department was very quickly overwhelmed and needed assistance. Fire Departments from all over SE Kansas sent crews and apparatus to assist in the firefighting efforts.

Shortly after noon, El Dorado Fire received the request for assistance. A message was sent out to all of our members seeking volunteers for the assignment and we quickly had a full five-person crew headed that way. Those responding from the EFD were Capt. Troy Jellison, Lt. Shane McCoy, FF Caleb Fistler, Vol FF Chris Towner, and Student FF Ethan Herrick. El Dorado crews arrived and were quickly assigned to relieve weary crews who were badly in need of a break. The crew was assigned to work in the warehouse helping to cool hotspots and to try to knock down any flare ups. The EFD firefighters remained on scene for approximately 2 ½ hours performing various overhaul operations before being released to return home.

Here is a little word of thanks from the crew that went to Neodesha for something that happened on the way home. The crew stopped in Fredonia to grab a bite to eat after a long afternoon. While eating we were informed by the manager that our ticket for the meal had already been taken care of by a local woman who wanted to show her appreciation to those helping out in Neodesha. The crew did not get a chance to thank her personally before she left, but if she reads this we want to say THANK YOU!! We truly appreciated the gesture!



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