The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

April 30, 2014

Centerville receives rescue equipment

CENTERVILLE — Grain bin accidents aren’t common, but they can be deadly. Even if a person initially survives becoming stuck, the clock is ticking and it’s against rescuers.

The issue is the way grain behaves. Rescuers need to dig it out from around the victim, but grain shifts. It falls back in on the person and can make a successful rescue very difficult.

But now, thanks to two local companies, the Centerville Fire Department has tools that could save lives in grain bin accidents. Centerville Produce and Feed donated a rescue tube designed to keep grain from falling back around the person being rescued. Smith Fertilizer and Grain donated an auger to remove grain from the bin.

Accidents can happen quickly. Flowing grain can pull a person under in less than five seconds. The rescue equipment makes rescue safer and faster, potentially turning a tragedy into a happy ending.

There are steps people can take to improve their safety with grain bins. Harnesses are recommended, as is keeping contact with someone outside the bin.

Accidents can still happen, but now the CFD is better prepared to respond.

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