Two More Area Fire Departments Get Bin Rescue Gear
Bins loaded with grain can swallow and suffocate a person in a matter of seconds but now 16 rural Iowa fire departments…two of them in our area…will be better able to respond to such accidents.
Amanda Rinehart, spokeswoman for Dupont Pioneer, says the Johnston-based seed giant is doling out 70-thousand dollars in grants for the purchase of grain bin rescue gear.
At least two Iowans have gotten trapped in grain bins in recent weeks and one of the incidents — in the Webster County town of Dayton — resulted in death. Rinehart says the life-saving rescue tubes can be quickly deployed.
There have been at least 26 grain bin deaths in Iowa between 2000 and 2010. One report says it only takes five seconds to sink waist-deep in grain, 11 seconds to be buried. The Iowa fire departments getting the grants include: Mount Pleasant and Salem.