SCOTT CITY, MISSOURI, U.S. — Consolidated Grain and Barge Co., (CGB) announced on May 2 that it has recently purchased a RES-Q Tube unit and conducted training with local emergency personnel for community-wide use in the event of a grain entrapment or engulfment emergency.
This training, conducted on April 26 at CGB’s facility, included CGB personnel, the local fire department, other emergency responders and community leaders. Proper hands-on training is required for safe use of the equipment, which is designed to stop the flow of the grain toward the victim and block any additional pressure that may be created from rescuers.
“We spend a tremendous amount of time and effort ensuring our employees are operating in a safe manner and that they understand how to avoid situations that involve the potential of collapsed grain. We’ve made this investment to further increase the awareness and safety at our facility and within the community, should an emergency occur,” said Kurt Hasty, regional operations manager for CGB. “Of course, we hope we never have to use it.”
CGB intends to make the unit available to local emergency personnel should they have use for it within the community.
“We hope that our investment can be used to rescue other members of our community should the need arise,” said Hasty. “We think that just makes good sense for us to make it available should someone need it.”
The RES-Q Tube units are manufactured by GSI Group and on-site training sessions were conducted by The Safety and Technical Rescue Association (SATRA).