It really is amazing how unpredictable the fire service is because yesterday a bunch of us trained at a huge grain elevator complex with no wind and 90 degree temperatures, then later in the evening we were on Lake Erie in the fire boat searching for a missing person. The importance of constantly adding to your first due tackle box through training will keep you prepared for the next call. The rest of this post includes some of the training scenarios we had set up at the farm rescue training hosted by the Northern Ohio Fools and Ehove Career Center. Also check out more on farm rescue from a previous post here.
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We specifically asked some questions of the farmer/firefighters at the training about what the most likely entrapments are on the new equipment used today. Many of the entrapments are caused by moving parts, so if the farmer tries to clear a jam or fix part of the machine without shutting it down we may get the call. It is really important to figure out how the machine moves and how it can be taken apart. Below are a few different scenarios.
FIRST RESPONDER JACK BY HIGH-LIFT
ANHYDROUS TANK ROLL-OVER PINNING
Here are a few pictures of a roll-over pinning scenario involving an anhydrous tank. A tank of this size weighs about 1,800 pounds empty and about 6,000 pounds when full. Remember the material in this tank is a liquid and can shift easily. Some things to think about; is the tank leaking, is the tank on a slope, is the ground soft or hard.
The bin sweep in the picture below is about 50′ long. One of the brothers in the class said that when the bin sweep gets hung up on smaller models, farmers may kick the sweep. One possible entrapment could occur if the auger grabs the farmers pant leg.
Some of the other training stations included shutting off an anhydrous tank leak, grain bin rescue with grain tubes, and some basic rope work. Check out more pictures on the FDT Facebook Page.
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