The Washington Township Fire Department is the second fire department in Ohio to be hosting a free training course on how to respond to grain bin rescue emergencies. This weekend's course is a combination of classroom and hands-on training in a simulation trailer. Farmers and about seven other fire departments around the area will be able to take advantage of the simulation training.
"Saturday classes, we're trying to target that towards the agricultural community and FFA students here in our communities and the county and Sunday's class is going to be for fire and EMS and rescue so we can look at some of the different aspects so we can be better trained to save someone from that type of an incident," said Fire Chief Gene Hanning.
Hanning says grain bin rescue isn't a common emergency, but says it does happen. Grain and corn needed for the training is being donated by a local farm and there will also be a free lunch for participants courtesy of the Cattleman's Association.
"The folks up at the Ohio Fire Academy and also the OSU extension office here in town, there's been some different groups and organizations that have stepped forward to help make this possible, and we appreciate that."
If you are planning on participating in the training, you can call the Washington Township Fire Dept. at 740-452-2221