Firefighters & 4H Team Up For Grain Extrication Tool DemoBy Stefanie Grubb, Leader - 4H Safety Squad (Mildmay) (Jun 7th, 2012)
4-H Safety Squad club will host a evening of demonstrations put on by the Mildmay Carrick Firefighters using a Grain Extrication Tool that was developed and patented by the Lambton County 4-H Farm Safety Club in 2009.
The Grain Extrication Tool (GET) is an easy-to-use structure made up of four pieces of bent aluminum that are clamped together to form an octagonal shaped tube. The structure is hammered down into the grain to shield the trapped person, allowing for the grain against the body to be removed which then makes the rescue possible. Getting trapped in grain is potentially fatal. Flowing grain can behave like quicksand and as a person becomes buried in the grain it presses against the diaphragm constricting breathing. Without the tool, rescue workers have to find objects around the farm to try and stabilize the grain or resort to cutting holes in the bin.
The demonstration will be held Friday, June 22 starting at 7:30 pm and will take place at Carl and Cheryl Russwurm’s farm, 435 Conc. 10 E, South Bruce. Everyone is welcome to come and hear about the 4-H Safety Squad Club, pick up farm safety tips and see the demonstrations. Refreshments will be available with all proceeds to be donated to the Mildmay Firemen.
From the west take Highway 9 north of Mildmay turn east on Conc. 10E and travel about 5 kms. When traveling from the east, take Grey Rd 9 to Neustadt, continue west for about 5 km.
Local farmers and safety organizations are pleased that the Mildmay Carrick Firefighters have purchased this kit to assist with rescues involving entrapment in grain bins or wagons. Join the Firemen, safety representatives and 4H members for this informative live demonstration. For more information call Cheryl at 519-367-5587.