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Farm Bureau to help sponsor Grain Bin Training

Published Jul. 30, 2014 | Discuss this article on Facebook

Ohio State University Extension Clermont County is hosting Grain Bin Rescue Awareness programs for the public and emergency personnel Aug. 16 and 17 at the Stonelick Township Fire Department on Route 50 in Batavia.

The workshop that is open to the public will be held Aug. 16 at 9 a.m. Taught by the OSU Ag Safety Program, the workshop is designed to teach farmers, farm families and community members about the hazards associated with stored grain. At the conclusion of the classroom section, participants will have the opportunity to view the Grain Comprehensive Agriculture Rescue Trailer (CART), ask questions and stay to watch emergency personnel complete their hands-on training. Community participants are not allowed to participate in the actual rescue training portion. Clermont County Farm Bureau will be sponsoring this portion of the training.

The second part of the program is designed for emergency personnel and is being offered to 25 participants each day Aug. 16 and 17 at 9 a.m. Participants will take a six-hour Ohio Fire Academy (OFA) course (#1954) to learn and practice grain bin rescue techniques with CART. The Stonelick and Jackson Township Fire Departments have partnered with Clermont Extension to offer this program to local firefighters and first responders.†

Agriculture is a leading industry in Ohio with 73,700 farmers across the state. It is also one of the most dangerous occupations, according to the National Safety Council. Automated equipment has made handling grain easier and faster, but grain storage structures and handling equipment can create hazardous work areas. Accidents peak during the harvest when production increases. Most grain bin accidents involve someone being trapped in flowing grain.†

Mounted on a 40-foot flatbed trailer, the CART simulator includes a grain bin, grain leg, gravity wagon and other training essentials. The simulator is used across the state as part of the State Fire Marshalís goal to partner with local fire departments and deliver training directly to the departments. The CART was developed by students in OSUís Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering in partnership with the OFA.

For more information regarding the training, contact Agricultural & Natural Resource Educator Gigi Neal at 513-732-7070 or neal.331@osu.edu. A registration form may be downloaded. Registration and payment is required by Aug. 8.†

Clermont Extension is a non-formal education branch of OSU. The office merges needs of local citizens with OSUís research through four focus areas: Family & Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources and Community Development.

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