Ford County Fire & EMS is now equipped to save even more lives, thanks to a donation from Right Co-op.
Ford County Fire & EMS is now equipped to save even more lives, thanks to a donation from Right Co-op. Kyle Eberle, CEO of the Right Co-op Association, presented the Ford County crew with an adaptable grain entrapment rescue system called the "Great Wall of Rescue." The donation follows a February training session at the Western State Bank Expo Center where grain workers and fire department employees from southwest Kansas learned how to rescue someone being engulfed in grain. Eberle said his goal with the donation was provide the tools Ford County Fire & EMS needs now that they have had the proper training. "This will not only benefit our farmers, but all of Ford County," he said. "It's really a specialty item for our industry." And with the high number of grain producers in the area, the fact that Ford County now has Great Wall of Rescue will likely bring comfort to many. Ford County Firefighter and EMT Clayton Burkhart said the rescue system, which comes in separate pieces, is designed to be built around the grain-engulfed person like a cylindrical puzzle. Burkhart said grain acts just like quicksand, but when the Great Wall of Rescue is in place surrounding the trapped person, it stops the grain from continually filling in around him. The grain can then be removed from inside the system, and the individual freed. Burkhart said the department has been involved in grain engulfment recovery efforts in recent years, but not a rescue. Along with the rest of the firefighters and EMT's, Burkhart expressed his gratitude to Eberle and the Right Co-op Association for the donation. "It's a huge asset to our department," Burkhart said. The Great Wall system cost approximately $3000, according to Eberle. "But it's priceless if it gets used," Eberle added.