Farm Talk

August 13, 2013

Fire and rescue training offered at K-State


Parsons, Kansas — Grain-related entrapment, engulfments, asphyxiations and entanglements are safety concerns for those who work on farms and in commercial grain facilities.

A first responder course for fire and rescue instructors on incidents involving grain storage, processing and handling facilities will be held on the Kansas State University campus on Aug. 21. The Department of Grain Science and Industry is hosting the session at the International Grains Program building. The workshop is limited to individuals who are currently emergency first responders or fire-rescue instructors.

To register for the course, complete information and a registration form is at:

The course is a joint project with Purdue University, which is also offering a class in West Lafayette, Ind. on Aug. 16. The contents of the class are based on incident data gathered by Purdue’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program. The course is made possible through a Department of Labor-OSHA Susan Harwood Grant.

The workshop is limited to individuals who meet the following criteria:

•Current emergency first responder/fire-rescue instructor;

•Prior completion of NIMS training;

•Working knowledge of grain storage, processing, and handling facilities;

•Prior completion of a basic first responder training class related to incidents at grain storage, processing, and handling facilities;

•Familiarity with OSHA standards relevant to confined spaces and grain handling facilities;

•Familiarity with NFPA 1670 and NFPA 1006 standards.

There is no cost to attend the training. Each participant will be provided extensive instructional resources, including electronic versions of the PowerPoint presentations.

If you have questions, please call Steve Wettschurack at Purdue at 765-714-4557 or swettsch@purdue .edu; or Brandi Miller at Kansas State University at 785-532-4053. £