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Dodge City Fire Department Training Facility Vandalized; Investigation ongoing

Judd Weil-News Director


The Dodge City Police Department (DCPD) is investigating acts of vandalism against the Dodge City Fire Department’s (DCFD) training facility.

On May 1, DCPD were dispatched to the 2100 block of First Ave. for a report of damage to the DCFD training facility.

According to DCPD, someone broke four windows to the building and threw a trashcan through one of the windows.

“This is the second occurrence of damage to this building,” said DCPD. “We are continuing to investigate the damage to these buildings and hope to be able to identify suspects through video surveillance.”

The first act of vandalism saw windows broken and the misuse of a fire extinguisher.

The acts of vandalism are said to took place between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

All the Dodge City Fire Department training is conducted at the facility, including firefighting tactics, search and rescue, and Emergency Medical Training.

DCFD Chief Ken Spencer added, they also teach the public CPR/First Aid at the facility.

“All of the classroom training will have to be relocated until the window are replaced however most of the training props are in good shape,” said Spencer. “It’s just frustrating and disappointing to see things like this happen. Hopefully someone can come forward who know who these individuals are and contact the Police Department. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.”

According to Dodge City Police Chief Drew Francis, charges for this crime can include, criminal trespass, criminal damage to property, or burglary.

People with any information on the damage to the Dodge City Fire Department training facility are implored to report to law enforcement.

Reporting parties can remain anonymous by submitting a tip via messaging the Dodge City Police Department Facebook or the TIP411 app.

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