The OSU Ag Safety and Health Program and the Ohio Fire Academy have a history of agricultural rescue collaborations that began in the late 1980’s. Examples include the training modules for on-site use at the Fire Academy, agricultural rescue demonstrations at Farm Science Review, presentations at OSU Extension field day events, and Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Safety Congress. This past Saturday, (March 2, 2013) our latest project was put into motion and began serving its purpose.
The Grain C.A.R.T. – a Comprehensive Agricultural Rescue Trailer - is a portable grain rescue training simulator. Dr.Dee Jepsen, OSU ‘s Agricultural Safety & Health Leader says that the mobile unit creates various levels of rescue exercises that simulate real life rescue situations first responders may encounter in rural communities. The trailer was built to optimize rural rescue teams’ knowledge and skill when responding to farm emergencies. The first group of firemen and EMTs from the Ridgeville, Napoleon and Archbold fire departments participated in the inaugural grain bin rescue program offered with the Grain C.A.R.T.
The simulator was built as part of a student design project with five students in the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering at OSU. With the help of industry partners, their project took shape and is now in the communities where it will serve rural rescue teams and farm families with educational programs. The state of Ohio is truly privileged to have this type of training and awareness unit available. Agricultural communities will benefit from their contributions for many years.
To learn more about the Grain C.A.R.T., and to see pictures, check out the following website: http://agsafety.osu.edu/grain-cart . To schedule training for a local firefighters or department, please contact the Ohio Fire Academy at 888-726-7731. As the Ohio Fire Academy does a variety of training, please refer that your request is for the GRAIN C.A.R.T. when you call.