Grange and fire department members

Members of the North Beaver Fire Department and the Liberty Grange gather at the fire hall, where the grange gave money for grain silo rescue equipment.

A donation to the North Beaver Township Volunteer Fire Department from a local grange will enable firefighters to quickly rescue someone who should become trapped in a grain silo.

Members of Liberty Grange 1780, comprised of previous members of Westfield Grange, presented a check to the fire department that paid for half the cost of the purchase, according to fire Chief Jason Daughtry. The other half of the cost was donated by the company from where it was purchased.

The equipment, comprised basically of panels, is used to rescue a person trapped in a grain silo, he explained.

The fire department is in the process of setting up training for anyone who may need to use the equipment.

Daughtry explained that when someone becomes entrapped in a grain silo, the interlocking panels are inserted and lock around the person in a circle to keep the grain inside from caving in around the person. Then using a rope system, the person is pulled out from the top by ropes, or he can climb out from a ladder.

And while Daughtry doesn’t know of any such incidents in recent history, but in light of all of the farm land in the county and in the township, “it was more of a preventative purchase because of all the grain bins in the area,” he said.

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Debbie's been a journalist at the New Castle News since 1978, and covers county government, police and fire, New Castle schools, environment and various other realms. She also writes features, takes photos and video and copy edits.

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