Over the weekend, Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services personnel attended the Georgia EMS Association’s “Farm Medic Class”.
Agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries in America. Every year needless injuries and deaths occur to farmers, family members, farm employees, and rescue personnel. Some traditional rescue techniques may actually increase the risk to the victim and rescue personnel. Training and education in the methods of farm/rural rescue are a must for proper response and safety of the rescuer and patient. The goal of this class was to teach a systematic approach to farm rescue procedures that address the safety of both patients and responders.
“While these incidents are low frequency, they come with a high risk to our personnel. This class covered exactly what we were looking for and we had a really good turnout for it,” stated Fire Training Officer, Robbie Kennedy.
The course, which is 8 hours classroom and 8 hours hands on, is funded by Georgia’s Trauma Grant Program so there isn’t a cost for local jurisdictions to host the class. The class covers the stabilization, construction, and particularly dangerous components of agricultural equipment including silos.
“While Cherokee County isn’t as “rural” as it used to be, the risk for these types of events is still here,” added Kennedy.