Grain storage rescue training offered at Purdue’s ADM Center

December 3, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Emergency responders, grain elevator employees and farmers will learn how to best avoid getting trapped in grain bins by attending one of two Purdue Extension workshops. 

They will be Dec. 27 and 30 at the ADM Agricultural Innovation Center, 694 S. Russell St. on Purdue University's campus. The Dec. 27 session will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with lunch provided. The Dec. 30 workshop will be from noon to 8 p.m., with a food break after the first half.

The training is especially important in Indiana, which led the nation in the number of documented grain-related entrapments and engulfments in 2012, with six.

The instruction is designed for fire, rescue and emergency medical service personnel; grain elevator employees; and farm operators.

"It will provide them with a basic awareness of strategies for preventing and responding to grain-related entrapments, including partial and full engulfments," said Steve Wettschurack, Purdue Extension agricultural emergency response specialist. Wettschurack, who is lead instructor and organizing the training, is a certified farm rescue instructor.

The course will cover the primary causes of grain-related entrapments, grain storage design and operation, the latest rescue strategies, and injury prevention for first responders. There will be demonstrations, and attendees will participate in simulated emergencies.

Registering early is recommended because class size is limited. To register, contact Wettschurack at 765-714-4557 or

Those interested in hosting a class at their facility should contact Wettschurack.           

Writer: Keith Robinson, 765-494-2722, 

Source: Steve Wettschurack, 765-714-4557, 

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