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Training Key to Successful Grain Elevator Rescue

Fire Chief credits realistic training for Monday's rescue at First Cooperative in Marcus, IA

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Monday afternoon, emergency crews in Marcus, IA, were dispatched to the First Cooperative elevator for a report of someone trapped inside.

Crews arrived to find two people, both employees of First Cooperative, trapped. After about two hours, both men were rescued, and taken to a hospital for evaluation. Crews credit hard work, and training, for the successful rescue, reports KTIV.

Using grain tubes, Marcus Fire Chief Russ Hansen said they try to keep training as real as possible.

"We'll actually go out to the elevator, to Little Sioux Corn Processors and they'll fill up a truck with grain. And then we can put our dummy in there and we put the tubes around them. So, it's as close to live as what you can actually get," Hansen told KTIV.

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