Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, the Northwest Kansas Regional Rescue Team will be conducting a search-and-rescue training exercise at the Hess Services plant, 230th Avenue and Feedlot Road. The exercise will simulate the coordinated search of a wide area and the rescue of trapped persons after a tornado strike.

The Northwest Kansas Regional Rescue Team is operated by the Hays Fire Department and is cooperatively staffed by specially trained firefighters from the Ellis County Rural, Ellis, Victoria and Hays fire departments. The team serves the 18 counties in the northwest region of the state providing building collapse, confined space, trench cave-in and high-elevation rescue services.

In addition to the Hays Fire Department, the Ellis County Rural Fire Department, Ellis County EMS and Ellis County Emergency Management will be participating in this exercise to simulate a full emergency response.

The members of the regional rescue team would like to thank Hess Services for its cooperation and assistance in conducting the exercise.