Alert volunteers who are also members of the Chester County Rescue Task Force participated in a Grain Bin Rescue Awareness class taught by Dave Hill of the Penn State Extension Service Ag Rescue.
Other Task Force members attending the class were from Station 25 (Longwood Fire Co.) and Station 53 (Fame Fire Co. No. 3). The team met at Null’s Towing in Cochranville for the class. After a classroom session discussing features and differences of grain bins and silos, the crews traveled to two area farms in Cochranville to look at a 36,000 bushel grain bin and its various features. The team then entered another grain bin and walked on grain while discussing features and entrapment dangers. Back at Null’s Towing, each person had the opportunity to become “victim” and become entrapped in grain while others used the coffer dam and auger to “rescue” the victim.
One would wonder why our volunteers would participate in Grain Bin Training when we sadly do not have any farms in the Borough of Downingtown or East Caln Twp. (our first-due area)? However, we do have several Grain Bin type of structures in Downingtown, at Pepperidge Farm, Victory Brewing Co. and Hanson Quarry. In addition, we never know when we will be called for any type of industrial and/or agricultural type of a rescue in our surrounding communities.
Thanks to Penn State Extension Service for a very informative class and thanks also to Null’s Towing for hosting this training class.
Some of these photos are courtesy of the Fame Fire Co. No. 3.