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New grain bin rescue equipment comes to the area


PORTAGE COUNTY (WAOW)--Every year around 12 people in the United States die from incidents similar to the one at the Lancaster farm.

"You hear it happens, I haven't heard of anything locally," said Marshfield farmer Josh Bell.

The Stevens Point FFA Alumni recently took some steps designed to make sure a similar tragedy doesn't happen in our area.

They purchased special equipment for grain bin rescues.

The idea came months ago in a meeting with the Amherst Fire Department, which advised that this tool would be useful.

Agriculture agents in the area think taking this step is a good thing.

"These rescues can be pretty successful," said Ken Schroeder, University of Wisconsin's Portage County Agriculture Agent.

This rescue equipment is put in the grain around the person needing help.

"If you get stuck in the grain even up to your waist you really can't pull yourself out," said Schroeder.

The rescuers then are able to scoop out the grain, releasing pressure from the trapped person.

Farmers that deal with grain bins say the grain can go bad and lead to unstable areas.

They say there is just one thing you have to do.

"You've just got to be aware," said Bell.

At least one other fire department in central Wisconsin has the rescue equipment.

The Amherst Fire  Department will be getting the rescue tool this week.

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