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Beck's Hybrids Supports White River Township Volunteer Fire Department Firemen Trained in Grain Entrapment Rescue

December 14, 2010

Atlanta, Indiana - The number of reported grain entrapments are at an all-time high, with at least 46 entrapments occurring nationwide in 2010, surpassing the previous record of 42 in 1993. Several farmers in White River Township, Ind., donated more than $3,000 to purchase a grain rescue tube for the utilization of the Cicero and Tipton County fire departments. With added support from Beck's Hybrids, the White River Township Volunteer Fire Department was able to host a grain entrapment rescue training for 30 firemen on December 4.

"Due to the significant amount of grain entrapments in 2010, it's important for emergency responders to be trained in how to safely rescue someone from a grain bin," said Sonny Beck, president of Beck's Hybrids. "Beck's Hybrids is not only proud to support the White River Township Volunteer Fire Department, but also to help inform emergency responders and farmers of the dangers a grain bin can present."

Purdue University provided training to the firemen, who learned the dangers of flowing grain and how to properly use a rescue tube. A grain rescue tube helps prevent the grain from crushing a victim's chest and burying them. The firemen also participated in simulated drills and practiced the proper way to create access points in a grain bin in order to release the crop inside.

"We hope by educating farmers on how grain entrapments occur, we never have to utilize the grain rescue tube," said Kris Johnson, area team leader at Beck's Hybrids. "But if an entrapment should happen, farmers in Hamilton and Tipton counties would have a fighting chance of survival with the help of trained emergency responders."

According to the 2010 "Year-to-Date Summary of Grain Entrapments in the United States," of the 46 entrapments, 25 have been fatal, 33 occurred on farms, and 13 at commercial grain facilities. The total number of actual cases could be 20 percent to 30 percent higher nationwide because many non-fatal, grain-related accidents go unreported.