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Grain Rescue and Farm Safety Training scheduled

| February 21, 2014

COSHOCTON – Would you be willing to spend three hours on a Friday evening to learn information that could save lives on your farm? Would it ease your mind to know that Coshocton County First Responders are being trained to learn how to deal with on-farm incidents?  Several local agencies are working together to sponsor a weekend of safety training in March.

Every 10 years, 235 farmers lose their life in an agricultural-related accident. Grain bin fatalities are a safety concern for farm families and most first responders do not have a working knowledge of the dangers of working around grain. Such fatalities occur for a variety of reasons with the two most common being suffocation by engulfment and entanglement with moving parts.

Inside a grain storage bin, flowing grain can engulf a grown man in just 20 seconds. That fact alone helps explain why every year, people are hurt and some killed in grain bin accidents. Avoiding grain bin entrapment requires awareness of the dangers, as well as training and clear safety procedures to follow in case of emergency.

To address this safety concern, The Coshocton Foundation and Three Rivers Energy have committed funds for a two-day training of the Grain CART (Comprehensive Agricultural Rescue Trailer) for Coshocton County First Responders. The Grain CART is mounted on a 40 foot flatbed trailer and includes a grain bin, grain leg, gravity wagon and other training essentials. Instructors will provide technical training for this unconventional rescue situation where first responders have limited experience and knowledge of the agricultural conditions that exist. This training has been scheduled for March 15 and 16. Coshocton County Emergency Management (EMA) is coordinating the training.

A Grain Rescue and Farm Safety Program is planned for the agricultural community on Friday, March 14, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Families can view the Grain CART rescue equipment at Three Rivers Energy anytime between 5 to 6:15 p.m. Instructors who are teaching the course will be available to demonstrate the equipment and answer questions during this time. Dinner will be served from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Frontier Power Community Room.  Dinner is being sponsored by Coshocton Grain Company and Farm Credit Mid-America. A Farm Safety Program will begin at 7 p.m. with speakers from OSU Extension that specialize in agricultural rescue. The program will adjourn by 8:30 p.m. Join us for this rare and exciting training opportunity. Pre-registration is required with a $5 per person fee. Registration forms can be found at www.coshocton.osu.edu. The Ohio State University Extension, Coshocton County and the Coshocton Soil & Water Conservation District are coordinating this training for the agricultural community. If you have questions, please call 622-8087, ext. 4 or 622-2265. We hope you will join us on March 14; it could help you save a life.

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