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Durand Fire fundraised for new grain bin safety tool

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Grain Bin

DURAND (WREX) -- It's grain bin safety season and there's a new tool in Durand to rescue trapped farmers.

The Durand Fire department fundraised for the new equipment.

Grain can act a lot like quicksand, and sometimes farmers get trapped in it.

The tool allows firefighters to use panels to lift people out the grain bin. The Durand FFA and fire department got the idea to buy one from a movie called "Silo" about a grain bin rescue.

We watched this video and we just decided that there was this equipment in the area, but not in Durand. So we fundraised to get this here in Durand so if there was a need, it was extremely close," Durand High School Agriculture Instructor/FFA Adviser, Emily Newcomer said.

Thankfully, Durand fire hasn't had to use the equipment yet. Firefighters are trained and ready to respond if needed.

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