TEAMING UP: Fire Departments Learn Grain Elevator Rescues

The Fire Departments from Des Moines and West Des Moines are teaming up for a new kind of rescue.  The two departments are getting together to train on how to rescue people trapped in grain elevators.

The latest technique involves using large connective panels to relieve pressure on the victim.

Once the panels are connected the rescuers remove the remaining grain inside the tube, and eventually the victim is able to climb or be pulled out safely.

This type of equipment has been around for a few years, but this is the first time Des Moines Fire Department has worked with these tools.

Lieutenant Bob Suarez with the Des Moines Fire Department says, “If think all of them are excited to have received the training. Also it’s a situation that they may be put into be the rescuer in that situation so it gives them a lot of confidence in a new skill-set and so their ability to rescue somebody.”

Both departments are testing a variety of tubes made out of different materials to determine which works best for them.

They hope to purchase the new equipment in the next year.

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