Grain bin accident training in North Platte

North Platte Fire Department
Updated: May. 9, 2021 at 12:15 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The North Platte Fire Department spent much of Saturday morning at Fire House Three for a special training session to learn how to handle situations where someone gets trapped in a grain bin.

A grant from Farm Credit Services helped make it possible, allowing for replica grain bins to be used. Live subjects are put in bins, and the firefighters are taught the proper ways of getting them out as safely as possible.

Both the NPFD and instructors of the training say that the rate of these incidents have gone up recently. While they are grateful that this has yet to occur locally, they want to be ready if it ever does.

“This is really going to put in cocept with these firefighters here today that what it’s actually going to take in order to actually do this,” said NPFD Captain Adam Parsons. “Put it in a little bit more perspective. And also let’s look at our man power and our equipment and go we need to add this, we don’t need this. Kind of let us asses what we have at our capabilities.”

“There’s a lot of things that go into it as far as the confined space aspect, the rope rescue aspect, understanding how the bins operate, where your shut offs are,” said MPCC Director of Fire Science Tim Zehnder. “All those kinds of things and we need to make it safe for us before we go in so we don’t injure any of our folks.”

Around 25 first responders took part in the exercise, which is less than half of the expected outcome.

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