The week following the deadly flooding in West Virginia has been a busy one not only for those impacted by the disaster, but locally for the Mason County Office Of Emergency Services.
According to Deputy Director of Emergency Services R.C. Faulk, there has been a lot of activity in the county that he has been coordinating to facilitate help to those who need it.
On Tuesday, Faulk was able to facilitate the Rupert Fire Department located in Greenbrier County, which was wiped out from flooding, a brand new pumper truck straight from the factory to immediate service in Rupert.
“Late Monday evening, I received a request from my Greenbrier County emergency services counterpart requesting assistance as they were out of fire trucks in that area of West Virginia due to the trucks all being flood damaged in that area or already providing assistance to many of the devastated communities,” Faulk said. “I was able to deploy Matthew Shell, an experienced fireman and dispatch shift supervisor, along with a chase vehicle, to deliver this new truck to that department.”
In addition to the help of Shell delivering the new fire truck, Faulk stated that the New Haven Fire Station donated several sets of “turnout gear,” which is the gear that a firefighter needs to perform their job. Turnout gear includes a fire helmet, fire coat and pants, and fire boots. This gear will also go to assist the Rupert Fire Department.
During the week, several employees of Mason County Emergency Medical Services and Mason County 911 coordinated by Kimberly Faulk made donations of a wide variety of supplies from shovels to shampoo, food, brushes and gloves, mops, kids toys, diapers, wipes, blankets and pet food were assembled at the Mason County Emergency Operations Center. Faulk wishes to thank all of those who participated that were not county first responders including AEP Mountaineer Plant as well as citizens who brought items to the Emergency Operations Center.
“We assembled, sorted and loaded approximately 1,000 items that came in to the emergency operations over the last few days for transport to the Rupert area,” said Faulk, who coordinated the effort in conjunction with the Greenbrier County Emergency Operations Center.
A big issue during any disaster are spontaneous citizens who hear of a disaster, go acquire supplies and immediately drive to affected areas and show up without coordinating the supplies with local points of distributions or emergency operation centers/command posts. Through Faulk’s coordination efforts Mason County OES on Thursday afternoon, the OK was received from Greenbrier County emergency services to proceed to the Rupert area taking two trucks and a trailer loaded with the donations.
The Mason County Office of Emergency Services personnel, including Faulk and Mason Fire Station personnel Howard and Tiffany Wood, coordinated the transportation and unloading of supplies in the Rupert area.
Submitted by Mason County OES and RC Faulk.