Farm Credit Invests In Rural IL Safety

Pictured from l to r: Dave Newcomb, IFSI; Kelly Loschen & Rod Stoll, FCI

A $25,000 gift to the Illinois Fire Service Institute’s Grain Bin Rescue Operation training program was announced by Farm Credit Illinois (FCI) at a Farm Safety & Health Week kick-off event on Thursday. The gift will contribute to the new training program designed specifically for grain bin rescues.

More than 50 percent of grain is stored on farms in grain bins averaging 60 feet wide, contributing to the increased number of grain bin-related accidents each year according to the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI). The course will provide 40 hours of classroom and hands-on education to Illinois firefighters, teaching participants the ins and outs of a grain bin and various on rescue operation tactics.

Beth Bolger, Industry Engagement Manager of Farm Credit Illinois shared more:

The gift was announced at FCI’s annual Farm Safety & Health Week kick-off event at Parkland College. Four ag safety specialists reminded everyone to make safety a first priority to help Rural America thrive – building a strong legacy of safe and sustainable farming.

The presenters included: Amy Rademaker, Carle Rural Health and Farm Safety; Dr. Chip Petrea, Illinois AgrAbility Unlimited; Dave Newcomb, Illinois Fire Service Institute Ag Rescue Program; and four members of Maroa-Forsyth FFA.

Pictured from l to r: Dave Newcomb, Peyton Ruwe, Wesley Dunham, Dr. Chip Petrea, Jaret Duff, Samantha Bennett, Amy Rademaker
Pictured from l to r: Dave Newcomb, Peyton Ruwe, Wesley Dunham, Dr. Chip Petrea, Jaret Duff, Samantha Bennett, Amy Rademaker

Agriculture remains one of the most dangerous occupations, but most injuries and fatalities can be prevented through education and care. Illinois’ 30-year average farm casualty rate from 1986-2015 was 28, and in 2015 the reported rate was down to 11, according to data collected by the Illinois Press Association. Of the 11 farm fatalities, eight of them occurred in roadway or farm equipment incidents.

In conjunction with National Farm Safety & Health Week, FCI will provide meals to farm families during the annual Meals in the Field program. FCI staff will deliver meals to 78 farm locations during the weeks of Sept. 19-24 and Sept. 26-30 and provide each host family with two farm first aid kits. The durable and weather-resistant kit is specifically designed for farm injuries and is equipped with items such as an isothermal blanket, ice packs, a finger splint, and eye wash containers.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt first signed a farm safety proclamation in 1944.

Farm Credit Illinois CEO and President Tom Tracy talked about FCI’s “Meals in the Field” Program, which was started in 2000 to promote farm safety during the harvest season:

Each regional office selects five to 10 farm families to receive lunch during the week of and the week following National Farm Safety & Health Week. FCI staff serve the food wherever farmers are working.

SOURCEPhotos courtesy of Farm Credit Illinois
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