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Community cooperation overcomes obstacles during urgent situation

Ed. note: The following letter was forwarded to us as a letter to the editor and is published here as such.

Burlingame City Council Members,

On December 22, 2020, at 9:57 a.m., the Burlingame Fire Department was dispatched to the eastern city limits of Burlingame for a tractor trailer fire. Upon our arrival, the trailer containing 38 round bales was fully involved sitting in the west bound lanes just west of the railroad underpass. In a rural setting this type of incident would be routine but located on a state highway entering a residential area created complexities.

Burlingame Police Chief Matthew Baker was one of the first on scene. Chief Baker, Osage County Sheriff Department and Kansas Department of Transportation secured the roadway throughout the incident by rerouting traffic. Also, during the incident, Chief Baker brought food and Gatorade to the first responders on scene.

David Punches, Dillon Quaney, and Jacob Lang with the Street and Utilities Department assisted. The use of the backhoe was a great asset in removing the bales from the trailer and breaking the bales apart. Without the equipment it would have added many hours of manual labor, and added danger dealing with the unstable load.

The Burlingame Fire Department would like to thank the City of Burlingame employees who assisted with this incident. With their help we were able to safely contain the fire and minimize damage to adjacent property.

Fire Chief Trey Strohm
Burlingame Fire Department

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