KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dozens of first-responders still working the scene of a deadly fire that killed two firefighters now have a place to relax and regroup without having to leave the area. A local disaster recovery group is expanding its work to serve the firefighters, police, and federal officers who as of Wednesday, were still investigating the scene near Prospect and Independence Avenue.
Taking It To The Streets is the name of the group and normally, they serve meals after tornadoes, feed the homeless, and show up wherever general help is needed. In response to this week’s deadly fire the group is using, for the first time, a trailer that brings amenities to the scene.
Amenities like heated and air-conditioned bathrooms, a kitchen where the group can serve about 150 meals at a time, and drone and live feedback capability to a TV monitor hooked up to the side of the trailer. Scott Lamaster designed the $30,000 trailer and had it built. His brother-in-law was a first responder killed in the line of duty, so Lamaster said this is his way to honor him and serve those who serve us. Since Tuesday morning, Lamaster said they’ve gone through 3,000 bottles of water, two pallets of Gatorade, and about 1,500 pulled pork sandwiches.
Lamaster said, “There’s not a QuikTrip on every corner, or a gas station on every corner, but when our first responders are here on scene, they can’t leave. They need these resources here and that’s why we bring it to them.”
Kansas City Missouri Police Major James Connelly appreciates Lamaster’s generosity. Connelly said, “He’s got an area set up where you can kind of get away, collect yourself, relax, have a bite to eat and then get back to work; what we do.”
Later Wednesday, Taking It To The Streets is headed to Kauffman Stadium to serve the officers out there working security for the Game 5 in the American League Division Series, where the Royals will host the Houston Astros.