The Cape Girardeau Fire Department hosted a simulated rescue using their newest piece of equipment called the grain ResQ Tube Monday, May 14 at Fire Station 1. Members from area fire department and the Cape Girardeau Fire Department Technical Rescue Team attended.
The ResQ Tube is designed to assist in the rescuing of individuals entrapped in a grain bin. Assistant Fire Chief Mark Hasheider said there are only a few grain ResQ Tubes in the region, and the tubes are not used on a regular basis.
“It’s another tool [to have] if something did occur,” Hasheider said. “It literally allows us to come in and rescue them.”
The ResQ Tube keeps the trapped individual from being engulfed further into the grain and keeps firefighters from becoming trapped during rescue.
In the event of an entrapment in a grain bin, firefighters piece the aluminum tube together around the victim, preventing further entrapment by the grain. After the tube is secured, a vacuum is placed inside the tube, vacuuming out the grain surrounding the victim. With assistance from firefighters, the victim is then able to free himself.
The ResQ Tube cost $2,500 and was provided by donations from Agri Systems of Cape and Jackson, Co-op Service Center of Jackson-Whitewater, MFA Agri-Services of Jackson, Auto Tire and Parts, Fisher Auto Parts of Jackson and Midwest Grain and Barge.
Post by Amity Downing, Multimedia Journalist
Spring 2012 Public Information Office Intern