Volunteers train for grain

Local first responders get hands-on farm rescue instruction


A training exercise Saturday at Southern Trace Ranch outside Belle Center featured the Grain C.A.R.T., ABOVE, a 40-foot flatbed trailer with a miniature grain bin, grain leg and gravity wagon, used by the Ohio Fire Academy and the OSU Extension to train first responders in farm rescue techniques. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Members of Rushcreek and Richland townships’ fire departments build a rescue tube around Jamie Norris. Working in the bin, are, from left, Jerry Norris of Rushcreek, trainer Dave Torsell, Dustin Plikerd of Richland Township Volunteer Fire Department, and Shannon Stineman of Rushcreek. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)

First responders in northeast Logan County will have new tools at their disposal when dealing with farm accidents after a Saturday training session.

As part of the training, the Grain Comprehensive Agriculture Rescue Trailer was set up inside at Carlie Thompson’s Southern Trace Ranch outside Belle Center for firefighters from Richland, Rushcreek and Ridgeway fire departments and BMRT medical personnel.

“We try to do as much mutual aid training as we can,” Richland Township training coordinator Brandon Bair said. “It helps with the cost and builds interoperability so we are all working together.”


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