Grain bin rescue simulation teaches firefighters

Area firefighters were at the grain elevators in Stockport Monday evening as they learned how to rescue people trapped in grain bins with the help of a new rescue tube. Outstate Data President Dale Ekdahl lead the training.

"The grain bins are getting bigger and bigger and bigger every year," said Ekdahl. "Instead of a small slide of grain in the grain bin now we have thousands of bushels, it's catastrophic for the individual if they're caught inside this sliding grain."

The organization came up with the idea for the rescue tube after the death of a young boy. The tubes are for sale for $2,200. For the training, one volunteer was in a semi-trailer of corn up to their chest. The fire fighters then used the tube to get them out. The one used in the training on Monday will stay at Stockport until it is needed.