The Hunterdon County Technical Rescue Task Force held a grain bin rescue drill on Wednesday, July 10, for a new specialized piece of equipment it was recently awarded.
The task force received a Grain Rescue Tube and training in its use as part of Grain Bin Safety Week from the Peosta, Iowa-based National Education Center for Agricultural Safety.
Flemington-Raritan First Aid Rescue Squad chief Tom Hoffman said the county’s rescue task force was able to obtain the rescue tube the through a grant facilitated by the Nationwide Insurance Co.
The majority of the training consisted of hands-on practical exercises using the Grain Rescue Tube in the grain bin on the training simulator. Participants sank fellow task force members in the grain bin and then would complete a rescue.
The training simulator is a custom-built trailer 13 feet tall and 24 feet long with an open grain bin capable of holding more than 110 bushels of grain, grain hopper, auger system, and a lockout/tagout system. Zeng Farms in Reaville provided the grain used in the training simulator.
The new Grain Rescue Tube will become part of the task force arsenal and will be stored on Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad’s Heavy Rescue 455 truck.
The Hunterdon County Technical Rescue Task Force, organized in 2002, is a joint effort between Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad, Flemington-Raritan First Aid and Rescue Squad, Whitehouse Rescue Squad, Lambertville Fire Company, and the Hunterdon County Office of Emergency Management.
The participating agencies have the capability of responding to and mitigating “high risk-low frequency” emergencies. The HCTRTF responds to unusual technical rescue incidents that include confined space rescue, trench rescue, high angle rescue, structural collapse/urban search and rescue, and transportation accidents or industrial accidents with complicated extrication problems.