Storm damages Kan. EMS station, 2 medics hurt
High wind tore the roof and doors off the station garage just as medics were about to go out on a call
WICHITA, Kan. — A series of storms destroyed a Sedgwick County EMS station, and caused minor injuries to two paramedics who were about to go out on a call. They were treated at a local hospital and released.
"The crew described the sound as an explosion and one of the medics was actually thrown from the building onto the driveway in front of the building," said Scott Hadley, EMS Director, Sedgwick County EMS.
Three of the four garage doors on the station were completely taken out by the severe weather. Sedgwick County EMS Post 12 was struck by what meteorologists believe to be straight line winds associated with a microburst. The wind also blew the roof off the garage, and tore away sections of the roof on the main building, KWCH12 reports.
The ambulance housed at the station at the time of the incident received damage to the rear compartment doors and windows. There was no significant damage to the living quarters of the station.
Officials are seeking a temporary location until the station is repaired.