The first grain bin rescue course to train first responders how to rescue victims from grain engulfments was held in Mt. Carroll, IL on February 24-26 and March 3-5. Participants enjoyed the newly redesigned training sponsored in part by IL Corn that helps them learn how to do these rescues safely and effectively while minimizing the time commitment for volunteer first responders.
The new training is a streamlined 40 hours instead of 96 hours, 8 hours of lecture and 32 hours of hands-on experience.
Additionally, to offset the cost for small communities and volunteers, IL Corn Marketing Board is considering opportunities to fund individuals interested in completing the certification. The total cost to participate is $1,000.
Currently, the only other courses scheduled for 2017 are in Pocahontas, IL on March 24-26 and McLean, IL on July 7-9. For more information, visit the Illinois Fire Service Institute.