While you’re harvesting, first responders hope they aren’t needed

It’s a dangerous time of year — 
here are some tips for making it safer

Even as farmers were out in their fields, dozens of first responders from the Foothills Fire Department were preparing for the worst.

More than 20 members of the 150-person department attended a training session at Heritage Pointe Fire Station in De Winton earlier this month. Among the sessions was a hands-on practice in which a dummy was freed after its leg became entangled in a grain auger.

The training session was put on by Agriculture for Life, which has a checklist for reducing the danger on the farm and assisting first responders if there is an accident.

  1. Have a ‘work alone’ plan for your operation: Families and employees should know where everyone is working and when they are expected to be done.
  2. Ensure that all equipment safety guards are in place and working properly.
  3. Keep first aid kits in equipment. Everyone should be trained in first aid and know what to do until first responders can arrive.
  4. Have a fire extinguisher in farm equipment and ensure everyone knows how to properly use it in an emergency.
  5. Keep a list handy of the legal land location of all fields and pastures, along with the best access points for getting on those parcels of land.
  6. If possible, have an individual meet first responders at the road to help direct them to the incident.

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