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Girl, 12, rescued from grain by Calhoun responders

By Staff | Oct 13, 2016

By BILL SHEA

bshea@messengernews.net

ROCKWELL CITY – A girl who was buried up to her neck in a grain hopper trailer was successfully rescued Sunday night in Calhoun County.

Firefighters used special equipment designed for grain rescues to get the girl out of the trailer, according to Rockwell City Fire Chief Shane Voith. That equipment consists of interlocking panels which form a tube that prevents the grain from sliding down and drill-driven augers that remove the grain from around the person who is trapped.

Voith said that after the grain was removed from around the girl, she was able to climb out from within the panels.

The location of the incident and the time that it occurred wasn’t available Monday night.

The Rockwell City and Manson fire departments responded to the incident.

Sunday’s incident was the second successful grain bin rescue the firefighters from those two departments have made this year. In March, they rescued a man from a grain bin.

The Rockwell City Fire Department used a grant from Pioneer DuPont to obtain the grain rescue gear. PRO Cooperative donated grain rescue gear to the Manson Fire Department in 2009.

Firefighters from both department received training in grain bin rescue from Professional Rescue Innovations.

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