Grain bin rescue tube donated to local fire department

Grain bin rescue donation
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

DIAZ, AR (KAIT) - It has been just over a month since the rescue of two workers in a Marked Tree grain bin; and with harvest season in full swing, grain bins are being utilized more than ever.

The community surrounding Diaz, Arkansas has many of these grain bins, which led local firefighters to make sure they could respond quickly just in case this type of situation occurred again.

Tory Ross, the lieutenant at the Diaz Fire Department, spoke with Region 8 News about a recent donation that will help them do just that.

Ross said that the fire chief, Reginald Williams, reached out to Randy McNiel of Poinsett Rice after recognizing their need for a grain bin rescue tube, and a donation was made.

Now the Diaz Fire Department owns a "Great Wall of Rescue" and has begun the training process in the event another person falls into a grain bin.

"We're in the process of buying some more equipment to go along with this," said Ross, "harnesses and things like that, that we'll need… hopefully we'll never have to use it."

The rescue tube has six separate panels, according to Ross, that surround the victim and displace the weight of the grain.

There is also an auger that can pull the grain away, so the victim can climb up the rescue tube.

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