Wayne County Farm Bureau has gifted four local fire/rescue departments with grain bin rescue equipment. The departments chosen were City of Orrville, Town & Country Fire District in West Salem, Apple Creek Volunteer Department, and Clinton Township Volunteer Department. These departments were geographically chosen to provide necessary grain bin entrapment gear so rescue units would be able to reach any grain farm in the county within a few minutes.
Wayne Farm Bureau worked in cooperation with neighboring Farm Bureaus in Ashland, Medina and Holmes counties – all of whom received some financial assistance from the Trent Insurance Group (Nationwide) – in order to have this lifesaving equipment strategically located throughout the region served by the Farm Bureaus administered by the office in Wooster.
Pictured at the presentation are: (from right) Matt Helmsley and Paul Trent from the Trent Insurance Group; “victim” in tube is Mike Kauffman, Wayne County Farm Bureau president; Bob Ballentine, Chief of Orrville City Fire Department; and Lois Welch, Chief of Town & Country Fire District. Kneeling in front in blue is Dave Himler, Chief of Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Department, and, in white, David Compston, Apple Creek Volunteer Fire Department.