DCCC Will House 29 Pilots to Assist in Firefighting Efforts
Mar 09, 2017
Dodge City, KAN – Early this morning, Dodge City Community College officials were contacted by Kansas Emergency Management and the National Guard with a special request for assistance related to the days long firefighting efforts in the area. Beginning this evening, the campus will provide housing for twenty-nine pilots on campus in Coleman-Webb Hall. According to campus officials, the first six will arrive this evening and the others will arrive soon."We know just how important the mission that has been placed on these pilots' shoulders is to the firefighting efforts for our region and we will continue to support their mission as long as needed," said Harold Nolte, President.
Campus housing and maintenance staff altered normal operations this morning to prepare for the arrival of the pilots. "Such support for these types of needed services are exactly why we have the word 'Community' in Dodge City Community College. I am certain that all of our employees - faculty, staff, and administration will go the extra mile to support the National Guard pilots while they are in the area. And I know our students will do the same," said Morris Reeves, Chair of the Board of Trustees.
"We have a long history on this campus of similar support efforts for military men and women serving in our area related to emergency support. Following the devastating tornado in Greensburg several years ago, we housed on campus for many weeks a number of National Guard members involved in those extensive clean up and support efforts. It is always remarkable to see the response from the campus community and the community at large who want to help these men and women. It's just how things are done in Kansas," said Beverly Temaat, Vice President of Student Affairs and Risk Management.
College officials reported that Kansas Emergency Management officials indicated that all hotel resources in the Dodge City Area were already at full capacity so the college housing support is critical to the firefighting efforts of the pilots.