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Applauding an Innovative Approach to Grain Engulfment Rescue Training

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The following article is from the Journal of Emergency Medicine, March 2013 Issue.

Unique vehicle facilitates life-saving grain bin engulfment rescue simulation

Innovative Rescue Training
In June 2012, a one-of-a-kind vehicle rolled into the Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute. Their new grain engulfment rescue training vehicle is a custom 35' trailer that includes a grain bin, grain hopper and a metal cutting station that allows them to replicate (to the extent possible) the “real world” environment in which grain rescues occur.

Grain engulfment training simulator

The grain engulfment rescue course is delivered in local communities throughout Kansas and is unique for a state fire and rescue service training organization. Participants from the local fire department and the local grain facility are encouraged to train together.

“The philosophy used recognizes that during grain emergencies, employees of the grain handling facility are an integral part of the rescue,” explains institute director Glenn Pribbenow. “By training together, firefighters and grain facility employees will be able to form a true team working to accomplish the rescue.”

Institute staff has used the vehicle to teach more than 750 students in 47 grain engulfment rescue classes. An additional 42 classes are scheduled through the remainder of 2013 and into 2014, notes Pribbenow, with more requests being received daily.

A big thumbs up to the Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute at the University of Kansas Continuing Education for their collaborative and inclusive training approach as well as for the design of their unique simulation vehicle.


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