Woden Firefighters Receive Grain Bin Rescue Training

The Woden Fire Department received training in the use of grain bin rescue equipment. The equipment was donated to the department by the Farm Credit Services of America.

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WODEN - The Woden Fire Department received life-saving grain bin rescue equipment on April 13, through a donation from Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica). A grain bin rescue exercise was held on April 13 to train firefighters in the use of the specialized equipment. 

The Fire Department received a 10-panel system, slide hammer and other accessories manufactured by Outstate Data in Elbow, Minn. The equipment is designed by rescuers specifically for grain bin entrapments.

Even as the overall rate of serious injuries and fatalities on farms has fallen, the number of grain bin entrapments remains stubbornly steady, in part because the country’s high grain production has led to more bins that require more grain workers.                  

Grain can engulf and bury a worker in less than 30 seconds. The Woden Fire Department recognizes that grain bin rescue equipment significantly increases the chance of saving a life. The fire department is among the 86 rural and mostly volunteer departments receiving grain bin rescue equipment and training through FCSAmerica in 2017.

 Most of the recipient departments are part of mutual aid agreements that allow multiple communities to use and benefit from the equipment.

Read the complete story in the April 19 Leader.