Grain Bin Safety Training: For Public & Firefighters




National Ag Safety Grain Bin Rescue Simulator to be at 2016 Empire Farm
Days with Special Training Opportunity for Firefighters and EMS

Seneca Falls, NY. The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health is bringing the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety Grain Bin Rescue Simulator from Peosta, Iowa, to New York state for the August 9-11, 2016 Empire Farm Days.

National Education Center for Agricultural Safety Director Dan Neenan will be offering 20-minute educational presentations throughout each day of the agricultural expo at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, and providing firefighters and emergency rescue personnel with a free 4-hour, hands-on training opportunity after the show closes on Tuesday, August 9 and Wednesday, August 10.

The free training from 6 pm to 10 pm for firefighters and EMS personnel with Neenan, a Paramedic Specialist with a Firefighter Specialist degree, includes one hour of classroom time and three hours of hands-on experience with the Grain Bin Rescue unit filled with 110 bushels of grain.

Trainees will practice lockout and tag out and extrication of engulfed victims. Personnel must bring their own bunker gear, including safety glasses and respirator.

Registration for the special training is required by contacting NYCAMH Agricultural Safety Specialist Jim Carrabba at 800-343-7527 x2216,

Each day on the half-hour of the August 9-11 show from 9 am to 5 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 am to 4 pm on Thursday Neenan will offer 20-minute safety education demonstrations with information on the four most common ways people become entrapped in grain bins, the equipment every bin operator should have on site, and how to protect yourself from grain dust and mold when working near a bin.

According to Michigan State University Extension, it can take less than 10 seconds for an average adult to become completely submerged in a grain bin accident.

The Grain Bin Rescue Simulator will be among the hundreds of exhibits at the farm show that is the largest of its kind in the Northeastern U.S. Additional sponsorship for the grain bin rescue demonstrations is provided by Farm Credit East and the NY Farm Bureau Member Services Safety Group 486.

Empire Farm Days features 300 acres of equipment displays, field demonstrations, live animals, seminars, safety presentations, rural living resources, antique tractors, and more.