Two Trainings Educate More Than 100 on How to Save A Life

Sep 02, 2022
Summer is always packed full of weather-appropriate outdoor activities before the seasons change and the harvest hustle sets in. It’s in these back-to-school dog days of summer that we do our most important work.
Schwering Farms in rural Rush County was the setting of a recent grain rescue training Co-Alliance facilitated. Prior to that training, employees Julie Lamberson and Cassie Whiteman held a brief but timely training on dryer fire response.  
Fifty people were trained that day, and departments present included:
  • Bentonville Volunteer Fire Dept.
  • Glenwood Volunteer Fire Dept.
  • Carthage Volunteer Fire Dept.
  • Raleigh Volunteer Fire Dept.
  • Rushville Township Volunteer Fire Dept.
We even had the next generation of farmers onsite, as the Schwering children had a front row seat to the very important event. We believe it’s never too early for children to learn farm safety and no doubt the Schwerings feel the same way.

Just this week Dowagiac Fire Department hosted a joint agriculture farm emergency training with several area departments from Cass and Van Buren Counties. 50 Firefighters from 13 Fire/Police and EMS organizations trained on not only removing the victim from a grain bin simulator but also on medical interventions while rescuing the engulfed victim.
This joint training was made possible by our employee Josh Kandel, who provided the grain bin simulator. You’ve read Josh’s name in this blog before; he’s been instrumental in gathering fire departments and ensuring they’re properly trained on grain rescue. We thank him for his tireless work.


We thank all departments, volunteers and managers who get their teams to these trainings. We’ve learned more than once in the last 12 months how important these lessons are and how valuable they become in a time of need.

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