A local fire chief recently responded to Eureka after a tornado struck that community.

A local fire chief recently responded to Eureka after a tornado struck that community.

Rick Huhn, chief of Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1, said he deployed to Greenwood County as a member of an incident management team.

The tornado struck Eureka, which is located in southeast Kansas, on June 26.

Huhn said he was asked to deploy to the community that same night.

"Rescues were still ongoing," he said.

Huhn said he volunteered his services in the operations aspect of the incident management team. He said the team was sent to augment the efforts of officials from the local area.

"We were just helping coordinate with the locals," he said.

He said 20 houses were destroyed in the tornado. And a middle school was damaged.

"They had tons of volunteers come from all over," Huhn said.

He said the volunteers were asked to park outside of the city and they were bused into the town.

Huhn said he spent about 36 hours in the Eureka area before leaving to return home.

"I learned a lot," he said.

Huhn said he saw what works and does not work in the aftermath of such disasters.

Huhn said he has been a member of an incident management team for about 10 years, but this was the first time he had been deployed as a member of the team.

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