Natural Disasters, Technical Rescue

Roving Rapid Response and Recovery Teams: Post-Midwestern Natural Disaster

Issue 10 and Volume 172.

By Matthew Schofield May 22, 2019, began as a positive day for the Jefferson City (MO) Fire Department (JCFD) and the roughly 43,000 residents of Missouri’s capital city. The fire department was enjoying the culmination of a significant investment in time, energy, and financial support, ending with the opening of a new firehouse on the east end of town. Even as the members of the JCFD were riding the wave of good will that often accompanies completion of a significant project, they remembered that May 22 is also the anniversary of the deadly EF-5 tornado that leveled a significant portion of Joplin, Missouri, eight years prior. The fire department chaplain commemorated this day by praying for the residents of Joplin during his invocation at the dedication ceremony for the new station. At that moment, the attendees were unaware that the severe weather that haunts the Midwest each spring would visit…

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