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EMS and 1st Responder personnel are invited to register
for a free, 4-hour, hands-on Confined Space Manure Pit safety training
to be offered after hours at Empire Farm Days with the
National Education Center for Agricultural Safety simulator.
Seneca Falls, NY; July 24, 2015.   Emergency responders are being offered a special free training opportunity in August, thanks to a partnership by the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety and Empire Farm Days, the largest outdoor agricultural trade show in the Northeastern U.S.

The free, four-hour Confined Space-Manure Pit Rescue Training for emergency services personnel will provides three hours of hands-on experience with the Confined Space Manure Pit Simulator from the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety in Peosta, Iowa. The simulator unit will be at Empire Farm Days August 11-13, 2015.

The specialized training for EMS with National Education Center for Agricultural Safety Director Dan Neenan, a Paramedic Specialist with a Firefighter Specialist degree, will be offered after the show closes on Tuesday, August 11 and Wednesday, August 12 at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY.

First responders, EMS services, and firefighters interested in the special training must register with NYCAMH Agricultural Safety Specialist Jim Carrabba to obtain entry to the showgrounds and the training area. Carrabba can be reached at 800-343-7527 x2216, 
jcarrabba@nycamh.org.

Manure pits are dangerous. They can be oxygen-deficient, toxic and explosive, generating four different gases that create risk of dizziness, unconsciousness, injury, and death. In the training program, Neenan, a Paramedic Specialist with a Firefighter Specialist degree, will cover how to use breathing apparatus, harnessing, and rigging when responding to manure pit emergencies.

‘On-farm equipment poses a risk for injury or death not only to farmers but to those who respond to accidents on the farm. The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety is pleased to offer this special education opportunity about manure pit hazards to farmers attending Empire Farm Days during the days and after hours to local emergency responders. This training saves lives,’ Neenan said.

Neenan will offer 20 minute safety education demonstrations with the simulator unit every hour all day at the show. Learn more about the event at www.empirefarmdays.com.

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