Rescue teams train to help those in agriculture

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - It happens far too often here in Region 8, farmers getting trapped in a grain bin. The Arkansas Farm Bureau is hoping to help eliminate the fatalities involved with those incidents, by traveling around the state and providing the proper training.

"We had a lot of people who were interested and don't know what to do if this were to happen," said Arkansas Farm Bureau Safety Coordinator Amanda Williams. "We want our first responders to know exactly what to do."

The training begins with basic information in a lecture, but the rest of the training allows rescue teams and farmers to practice in real life scenarios.

"They actually have a grain bin located inside the trailer to show what it's like to get engulfed in the grain, and then they have a technique using the cofferdam system," said Greene County Rescue Team Chief.

Davenport said this type of training is crucial for this area.

"There are grain bins everywhere you look," said Davenport. "Farms have them and we have commercial facilities all over Northeast Arkansas, so this is information we need to get out to rescue squads and fire departments."

Knowing the right and wrong way of handling the situation could mean possibly saving a life.

"It makes all the difference in the world," said Davenport. "You're talking about a life or death situation that can take place in a matter of minutes, so the right decision goes a long way for a positive outcome."

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