White County IL Trains for Res-Q-Tubes

Six fire departments in White County (IL) were the recipients of GSI RES-Q-Tubes, courtesy of the White County Farm Bureau Foundation.

The RES-Q-Tubes, produced by Grain Systems, Inc. (GSI), separates into four pieces allowing the firemen to carry them up the side and into the top of the grain bin. The pieces are then placed around the victim, and driven down into the grain. Once the victim is surrounded by the coffer dam, a vacuum system is used to remove the grain around the victim. The victim can then be hoisted up out of the grain.

The donation was the culmination of a six-month effort by the White County Farm Bureau to solicit financial support for the program.

First responders from around White County participated in RES-Q-Tube training. A total of six Res-Q-Tubes have been distributed to area fire departments. Bill Harp, CEO of the Safety and Technical Rescue Association (SATRA), based out of Livonia (MI) was on hand to facilitate the training. The training included two hours of classroom-style work in addition to two hours of hands-on work, which included how to extract a victim engulfed in grain.

According to SATRA, a 165-pound person engulfed to their waist has 325 pounds of downward pressure on their body. That same person engulfed up to their head has 800 pounds of downward pressure. This pressure makes it physically impossible to hoist a person out of the grain with the use of the RES-Q-Tube coffer dam.

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