White County fire departments receive RES-Q-Tubes
Updated October 22, 2012

White County Farm Bureau ®  - Carmi, IL           Copyright 2012 All rights reserved.

Six fire departments in White County were the recipients of GSI RES-Q-Tubes, courtesy of the White County Farm Bureau Foundation.  The donation was the culmination of a six-month effort by the White County Farm Bureau to solicit financial support for the program.
On Saturday, October 20, volunteers from Carmi Fire, Carmi EMA, Carmi Ambulance, Crossville Fire, Little Wabash Fire, and Norris City Fire Departments participated in a grain engulfment training held at Lamont Farms in rural Crossville.  The training included hazard recognition, lock out – tag out, restraint systems, confined space entry, rigging systems, grain bin entry, and use of the RES-Q-Tube.
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.
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 RES-Q-Tube donation is the first major project of the White County Farm Bureau Foundation since its inception in 2011,” commented Doug Anderson, Manager of the White County Farm Bureau.  “Through the generosity of the White County community, we were able to bring together over $32,000 worth of support for our fire departments,” commented Anderson.  Of that $32,000, around $18,000 was given in cash donations.  The remainder was a discount in price for the RES-Q-Tubes.
At the conclusion of the training, the Carmi, Crossville, Little Wabash, and Norris City departments were given their own RES-Q-Tube.  RES-Q-Tubes for Enfield and New Haven departments will be presented at a later date.

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Larry Beck - Carmi, IL
Bingman Publications - Carmi, IL
Paul Blankenberger - Carmi, IL
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Hawthorne Township Town Fund - Carmi, IL

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Locust Street Company - Grayville, IL

Myrtle Sutton - Norris City, IL

Stan Armstrong Farms, Inc. - Carmi, IL

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