Firefighters, CG&S staff train for grain emergency rescue

HFD Grain DrillMembers of the Hillsboro and Lehigh fire departments, plus employees from Cooperative Grain & Supply, participated Saturday in ?grain engulfment rescue training? provided through the University of Kansas. Participants spent the morning in a classroom learning basic procedures when a person becomes sucked down in a grain bin.

After lunch, the group met at the CG&S elevators in Hillsboro to watch and participate in live demonstrations of the equipment and techniques.HFD Grain DrillIn the photo at right, KU training personnel set up the traveling workshop. Above, Hillsboro volunteer firefighter Lloyd Spencer waves good-bye before descending into the grain bin as the ?victim.? CG&S, which earlier contributed to the acquisition of equipment to assist in such emergencies, also paid for the workshop training in Hillsboro. Hillsboro Fire Chief Ben Steketee said the training unit provided by KU is highly sought after around the state.

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