NORMAN — Like many other fire departments in surrounding areas, the Noble Fire Department responded to tornado disasters in the area. Major Phil Scott of the Noble Fire Department said in a disaster, small and volunteer fire departments respond to a staging area and report resources. Personnel in command then assign duties as they correlate to personnel and the resources available.
Scott said Noble off-duty and volunteer firefighters responded Monday morning to Little Axe where they stayed to help until after noon and then later responded the same day to Moore with a fire engine, a brush truck and a command vehicle.
Moore Assistant Fire Chief, Terry Schat was on duty and asked Scott and his crew to cover his station, No. 3, and their normal runs in the southeast portion of Moore while Schat and his crew performed search and rescue.
“He (Schat) is actually a Noble resident,” Scott said. “We deal with him quite a bit.
He helps us out, too. We have a mutual aid agreement with Moore, Norman and Slaughterville.”
While covering for Station No. 3 overnight, Noble covered some medical calls.
“We had medics and we responded to the scene and residents to see if there was something we could do first before calling an ambulance, which is routine for Moore.”
Scott said Noble was willing to serve in any capacity and he praised his Moore colleagues for their efforts.
“The last time we went, we took an ambulance in and we transported in 1999. I also understand that someone has to take care of ongoing things,” Scott said.
“It was quite an ordeal. It was a mess. Moore has been through that before. I’ve been impressed with them. They’ve always been organized and they tackle the problems very well.”