The University of Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute invites all media outlets for a close-up look at the mobile trailer for their new Grain Engulfment Rescue Training. The trailer will be on display at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson on Wednesday, September 12. A press conference will be held at 10:00 a.m. announcing the program, followed by an opportunity for interviews with grain industry spokespersons until 12:00 p.m. An available media kit will include project background, industry overview, photographs, fact sheets and much more.
The KF&RTI received a gift of $90,000 in 2011 from a trio of Kansas grain industry organizations to acquire this special traveling rescue equipment to train Kansas firefighters and grain handlers for engulfment rescue situations. Those sponsors are: Kansas Grain and Feed Association, Kansas Cooperative Council, and Kansas Farmers Service Association. Together, these organizations represent all phases of the Kansas grain industry, and their monetary donation came from private member contributions.
"Safety is of primary concern to the industry," said Tom Tunnell, KGFA President & CEO. "First and foremost is training to prevent entrapments, but it is also important that grain handlers and firefighters be prepared to respond in an emergency."
Local communities can request a free training class in their area by calling KU at 866-804-8841.
"This training provides a vital service to our Kansas communities," noted Leslie Kaufman, KCC President/CEO. "The skills acquired in this simulation can be used in other emergency situations at "Our customers identified the need for a quality grain rescue program that can be delivered to all parts of the state," said Mitch Williams, KFSA CEO. "This partnership will help meet the needs of both the fire service and the grain industry."