Firefighters participate in man vs. machine simulation training

Firefighters now know how to properly respond to scenes that involve machinery entrapment's.

Posted: Apr 7, 2019 7:26 PM
Updated: Apr 8, 2019 5:51 AM

MONTICELLO, Ind (WLFI)— Nearly 20 fire departments were in Monticello on Sunday, learning how to properly deal with accidents that involve machinery.

"We have a lot of agriculture around here so we always have that possibility of somebody getting caught in an auger or a grinder," said Monticello Fire Chief Galon Logan. 

The Monticello Fire Department is in district four, which is made up of nine counties that surround Tippecanoe County. The district's goal is to bring training to all fire departments. 

"Today's class is called man versus machine," said Logan. "We have seven instructors from a fire department in New York."

The instructors are a part of PL Vulcan Fire Training Concepts, a group dedicated to training departments all over the country on how to handle someone trapped in machinery. 

"We're training firefighters to take tools they may already carry on fire trucks and use them in ways they didn't think about using them," said PL Vulcan Fire Training Instructor Jimmy Adams.

Adams said this information is essential to any fire department.

"Someone gets their hand stuck in a meat grinder, it's not like you can back their hand out," said Adams. "You have to remove the machine from around their hand."

Firefighter Justin Sparrow said he has experienced an accident very similar to Sunday's simulation.

"We had a guy who had his arm rolled up about two times into a shaft," said Sparrow.

He said the information he received today will help create better solutions.

"It's always nice to have a few tricks in your bag to use," said Sparrow.

The seats for this simulation filled within three days. Volunteer Firefighter Doug Corbell said he was happy to have a place in today's training.

"I got all kinds of ideas running through my head now," said Corbell. "With tools and stuff that we could probably use on our rescue truck."

Firefighters rotated through five different stations involving machinery entrapments. Chief Logan said the benefit behind it all will make a difference.

"When the hospital calls us to come into the emergency room and help remove a ring we'll have the tools and the training to do it," said Logan.

Some of the fire departments in attendance were West Lafayette and Crawfordsville. 

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