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Class provides training in grain bin rescues

November 17, 2013
Reinbeck Courier

On Saturday October 26, members of the Reinbeck Fire Department completed a hands-on simulated grain bin rescue training held at Pioneer and instructed by The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety. Grain bins don't hold just large quantities of corn, soybeans or other grains they also contain the potential for great danger.

This course reviewed the proper steps emergency personnel need to follow in a response to a grain bin rescue incident with entrapped and engulfed victims as a result of flowing columns of grain and grain avalanche emergencies.

The grain bin engulfment rescue tube is a simple & effective approach to assist in providing limited rescue protection to a partially entrapped victim to increase the likelihood of safe extrication. It is designed to act as a grain containment barrier or temporary wall around the partially engulfed victim, if a portion of the victim is above the grain and if the grain surrounding the victim is higher than the exposed portion. It is designed to stop the flow of the grain toward the victim and block any additional pressure that may be created from rescuers. The rescue tube consists of 4 locking structural aluminum panels designed specifically for these types of rescues. Once in place, the now limited amount of grain inside the tube is augured or vacuumed out to free the victim. External and internal handles allow rescuers to provide aid while maintaining contact with the victim. The handles inside the tube can be used at tie off points to assist the victim & rescuers while inside the tube.

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This grain bin rescue tube was originally funded by the DuPont Pioneer Giving Program.



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