Clay County Emergency Management Agency and Clay City Fire Department hosted a Grain Bin Engulfment Awareness Class April 16.
The class was sponsored by GSI Grain Systems, the world's largest manufacturer of steel farm bins.
The course was set up to help responders and local workers understand the dangers of grain bins before and during rescue operations. The class took place at the Clay City/Harrison Township Fire House with 50 responders attending.
"With the increase in usage of bio-fuels, grain storage is being done by more farmers than ever before. We have seen an increase in the number of grain bin incidents over the last five years and we feel the number could increase at a higher rate than normal," GSI Safety and Litigation Manager Jeffery Decker said.
During the class, many different aspects of farm incidents and rescue were covered, including grain bin engulfment, storage bin collapse, concrete silos, manure pits, electrical hazards and farm equipment.
"It's great to come to an area where departments are proactive," Decker said. "Most of the time, we are asked to do a class because something has happened and they want to know what they should have done."
"We had a great turnout for the class," Director of the Clay County Emergency Management Agency Bryan Husband said. "We had seven fire departments, Search and Rescue, Clay County Sheriff and TransCare Ambulance from Clay County, three fire departments from outside of Clay County, farmers and workers for Ceres Solutions.
"I know we had others coming to the class also, but they were called to a house fire in Saline City and could not attend. We could have seen 60 people in attendance and that is an awesome response from our emergency service agencies in this county."
Because of the turnout, another full-day class is currently being planned, which will involved hands-on training of rescue in grain bins, disentanglement from augers and PTO shafts, tractors, combines and other farm machinery.
No date has been scheduled for the next class.