Frankfort, Ind. —Deploying with fellow District 4 Task Force members Friday night, four Frankfort firefighters will take Engine #4 to assist with search and rescue and firefighting needs in tornado-ravaged southern Indiana.
Battalion Chief Tony Snyder and Firefighters Craig Rutledge, Scott Freeman and Mitch Laughner will join fellow emergency responders as the group departs out of Tippecanoe County to the southern part of the State.
John Kirby, when the call for help came in, there was no hesitation about answering it.
“We are extremely concerned about the safety and well-being of our southern Hoosier neighbors. This type of scenario is exactly what District 4 members are trained to handle. Responding quickly is what we do.
“It’s about public safety servants helping their brothers and sisters who need us several counties away. Our firefighters are mentally and physically prepared, well trained and jumped into action when called. I am extremely proud of their commitment and the job I know they will do upon arrival,” Kirby said.
The District 4 Task Force will be part of the fire suppression group, meaning that they will perform search and rescue operations as well as handle firefighting needs.
According to McBarnes, immediate action was taken when the call for assistance was received.
“We were at the basketball game when Chief Kirby was notified our Department’s help was needed. This is a case of our local heroes helping southern Indiana heroes rescue and save Hoosier lives. It’s Hoosiers helping Hoosiers and there’s nothing more important in light of the devastating tornadoes suffered by so many,” McBarnes said.
According to the Fire Chief, the deployment of four of the City’s firefighters in no way leaves Frankfort at any risk. “We called in other firefighters to cover for the four men who are about to leave. They will not deploy until their replacements are at the station, so in terms of work force, it’s as if the four never left,” Kirby explained. “Frankfort residents and property remain well-protected at all times.”
“I know I speak for everyone in Frankfort in wishing all the members of the District 4 Task Force a safe trip. For those in our community so inclined, I ask you to join me in praying for everyone’s successful mission and safe return home. Please keep our fellow Hoosiers injured and killed by the storms in your thoughts and prayers,” McBarnes said.
With initial deployment activities currently underway, it is unknown at this time how long District 4 Task Force members will be gone. Updates will be communicated as they are known.