First responders train for grain bin rescues

First responders train for grain bin rescues

VIENNA, Ohio (WYTV) – According to the Department of Labor, it only takes 60 seconds for a worker to be completely submerged in a grain bin.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation coordinated a safety training exercise Friday for over 30 area first responders at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna.

The portable grain bin was brought in by Ohio State University.

Organizers say grain bin rescues are unfortunately all too common in Northeast Ohio.

“We have a lot of farms and grain storage facilities in this part of the state, and we just need this training very badly,” said David Costantino, management supervisor.

Commander James Dignan said four different departments participated in the training along with the 910th Airlift Wing.

The Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office, OSU Extension Services and Deerfield Farms were all part of the training.

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