The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) is offering grain entrapment rescue training to first responders.

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With help from simulation equipment donated by GOWMARK, Nationwide Agribusiness and Grain Systems Incorporated, NECAS hopes to ensure that rural fire departments or emergency rescue squads are properly trained for the possibility of a grain entrapment rescue. "In our business, as well as the business of farming, there are times when one must enter a grain bin," said Randy Holthaus, GROWMARK grain systems marketing manager. "In the event of a problem, the actions of the first responders can mean the difference between life and death, so timely training is key."