Device helps rescue people from grain in bins

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 30, 2013 at 8:47 PM

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- A fire department in south central Indiana now has a tool designed to rescue people who become immersed in grain bins.
 
The Bloomington Fire Department last week accepted a device called a "Great Wall of Rescue" from the Monroe County Farm Bureau. The Herald-Times reports the device is a set of metal panels that encircle a victim of an entrapment. The person is harnessed to the rescue equipment while rescuers dig at the material surrounding them,
 
The city has no grain silos, but the department could be asked to respond to other parts of Monroe County or state where such accidents are more likely to occur.
 
On June 19, a Veedersburg man was killed in a grain bin accident at an elevator in Fountain County.
 

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