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Purdue University Invites Participants For Fire and Rescue Instructor Training For Incidents Involving Grain Storage, Processing, and Handling Facilities

Date Posted: August 2, 2013

You are invited to submit an application (attached) to be a participant in one of the two upcoming one day workshops for fire/rescue instructors interested in conducting a basic first responder class on incidents involving grain storage, processing, and handling facilities.

The purpose of the class is to equip current fire/rescue instructors to conduct a 7 ½ hour class for first responders with a high probability of responding to grain facility-related incidents.

The contents of the class are based upon the incident data gathered by Purdue University’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program on grain-related entrapments, engulfments, asphyxiations, and entanglements at both on-farm and commercial grain facilities.

Development of the training resources was made possible through a Department of Labor-OSHA Susan Harwood Grant.

The curriculum is designed to provide instruction at the basic or awareness level.

Two instructor workshops will be held as follows:

 • August 16, 2013 – Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

 • August 21, 2013 – Kansas State University

The workshop will begin at 8:00 a.m. with a light breakfast and conclude no later than 4:00 p.m.

The workshop is limited to individuals who meet the following criteria:

 • Current emergency first responder/fire-rescue instructor

 • Prior completion of NIMS training

 • Working knowledge of grain storage, processing, and handling facilities

 • Prior completion of a basic first responder training class related to incidents at grain storage, processing, and handling facilities

 • Familiarity with OSHA standards relevant to confined spaces and grain handling facilities

 • Familiarity with NFPA 1670 and NFPA 1006 standards Please contact us if you have questions about meeting these qualifications.

Enrollment in the class will be limited to 20 qualified individuals at each site. Participants will be selected on a first come, first service basis from those who meet the criteria listed above.

There is no cost to attend the training.

Each participant will be provided extensive instructional resources, including electronic versions of the PowerPoint presentations.

Two complimentary breaks and two meals will be provided at the site. Due to funding availability, the window for applying is very short.

Please use the attached application to apply.

All questions must be answered to be considered.

If you have questions, please call Steve Wettschurack at 765-714-4557 or email him at

Thank you for considering this opportunity.

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