Clay Co. Task Force better equipped for grain bin accidents

Clay Co. Task Force better equipped for grain bin accidents

CLAY COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A number of grain bin entrapments occur each year across the United States, and many happen on farms.

Region 8 has had several emergency situations involving grain bins.

That's why one emergency crew decided they needed to step up their training.

Clay County Task Force President Jeffrey Wolfenbarger said if someone were to fall into a grain bin, it could take up to an hour for an emergency crew with the proper equipment to get to Clay County.

That is no longer the case.

The task force received a $5,000 grant to purchase a rescue tube specifically for grain bin entrapments.

Wolfenbarger said they were able to purchase the tube and ropes needed to save lives.

He said there are multiple uses for the equipment, but if it's able to save just one person he feels the purchase is worth it.

"You have it weighing on your mind, if he's already fell its possible for it to happen again," Wolfenbarger said. "But that's where the training and the ropes and everything come in to where as soon as we make contact with the patient we can get a harness on him."

The task force still needs help though. It costs $12,000 to get the proper training for the rescue tubes.

Wolfenbarger said he is working on applying for other grants and working with Farm Bureau to hopefully get money to pay for every volunteer to get trained.

The task force hopes to get donations and get trained by late fall because Wolfenbarger said you never know when an accident could happen.

For more information on how to donate to the Clay County Task Force contact Wolfenbarger at 870-595-4495.

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