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Readers write: Grain rescue equipment saves lives

Letters: A farmer-firefighter saw how donated rescue equipment saves time during grain bin rescues.

December 13, 2019

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extraction points cut into steel grain bin
MINUTES COUNT: Using special grain bin rescue equipment makes the extraction process much faster and safer for those trapped inside. Dan Lemke

I am writing about your article about the grain bin rescue [story featured in the December 2019 issue of The Farmer]. I found it very interesting.

I am member of a local fire department. We had a similar incident this summer. A local farmer was trapped in a grain bin up to his armpits. The difference between our situation and theirs [in the story] is that we have cofferdams and a drill-powered auger specially designed for grain bin rescue. These were donated to us by our local co-op.

We were able to extricate the patient in little over an hour instead of four.

I think telling about grain bin rescue equipment for departments would help save lives.

I never thought we would ever have to use ours. I am very glad we had it. It saved a life and is worth every dollar it cost. I wish all fire departments had the necessary equipment to perform a speedy rescue.

Farmer and firefighter,
Ken Weisel,
Lowry, Minn.

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