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Training helps elevator employees, first responders work together

Great Bend firefighters remove the “victim” from a Great Bend Co-op grain elevator during a rescue drill Thursday afternoon. The co-op sponsored the training and the Great Bend Fire Department took part.

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At about 3:30 Thursday afternoon, the 911 call went in to the Barton County dispatcher from the Great Bend Co-op elevator – an employee was mired in golden quick sand-like grain inside a massive bin.
The day was warm and a southerly wind whipped up clouds of grain dust and sand that pelted the imperiled employee’s co-workers as they tethered themselves with a rope and climbed into the cavernous metal structure. Inside it was pitch black, save their flashlights and a sprinkling of light leaking through the small hatch at the bottom.
In a matter of minutes, elements of ...

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