We often talk about grain entrapment situations and how to avoid them or who to call if help is needed, but how helpful will your fire department and paramedics actually be? In some instances the best fire departments get called to the seen of a grain engulfment and have no idea how to save the person inside. Should they try and pull him out? Should they cut one or two holes in the bin and drain the grain? How much time do they have to make the decision?
Depending on where you live, the chances of your local fire department having a grain rescue tube and knowing how to use can vary. In some areas, the department has had extensive training and would know exactly how to handle the situation if they got your call, and in other areas it may be the opposite. So which community do you live in? Does your fire department know how to handle grain entrapments and do they have the equipment to do it? These are a few questions worth asking the next time you see a member of the fire department in your town. Wouldn’t you, as a farmer, feel more comfortable performing the tasks needed for a successful harvest if you could count on the right people to help if it was needed? We sure think so.