Wisconsin Firefighters Train for Farm Emergencies

Wisconsin firefighters train for farm emergencies at a recent training event.
Wisconsin firefighters train for farm emergencies at a recent training event. Photo: National Farm Medicine Center of Marshfield Clinic Research Institute

When an accident or fire occurs at a farm, the challenges can be very different from residential or commercial emergencies. That’s why two organizations partnered recently to help Wisconsin firefighters train for farm emergencies.

The National Farm Medicine Center of Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, in partnership with Pittsville Fire and Life Link 3 Air Medical Transport sponsored the training, which was held at Heiman Holsteins dairy farm in Marshfield, Wis.

The event gave firefighters the chance to learn about toxic atmospheres unique to farms, enclosed spaces they may encounter at farms, managing animals under stress and machinery entrapments. Typical extrication equipment, for example, that might make quick work of a car could be underpowered for heavier equipment firefighters may encounter on a farm.

The National Farm Medicine Center initiated farm rescue training for firefighters and other emergency responders in 1981, and more than 1400 personnel received training over 20 years. As new firefighters have been hired on, and veterans retired, the center decided it was time to bring back the training.

More than 70 participants from 29 departments across Wisconsin participated in the October training.

For more information visit Wisconsin State Farmer.

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