Grain Bin Training Has Cut Fatalities Almost In Half
Survival rate increases as more first responders go through training
Inside a garage at a building near the Purdue University Airport sits a dump truck, full to the brim with dried corn. It’s not a grain bin, but it’s a useful stand-in for an exercise first responders from around the area are about to stage.
The EMTs, volunteer firefighters and other lifesavers have come to Purdue to learn from perhaps the world’s pre-eminent experts on grain bin entrapments.
“For years, we had people climb to the top of the bin and they’d look in the bin and if they couldn’t see a family member or they couldn’t see them, they would just automatically say ‘well, they’re deceased.’ And we just didn’t really give them a chance. And we really didn’t know,” says instructor Steve Wettschurack. To read more click here.