First responders attend farm safety day



Greg Payne, former paramedic, was one of the instructors at Farm Safety Day on Aug. 18.

Greg Payne, former paramedic, was one of the instructors at Farm Safety Day on Aug. 18.

Emergency medical technicians and volunteer fire departments from five counties participated in the fifth semi-annual farm safety day at Miller Farms in Snead on Saturday, Aug. 18. Fifteen departments across Blount County were represented at the event. The participants were educated on the proper techniques to use when someone is trapped in farming equipment. Lance Miller, a farmer, says this may be the first time any of the firefighters or EMTs are exposed to these type of circumstances.

“We want them to know what to expect when they come to a farming accident,” he said.

Over 100 people showed up for the safety day, which is the largest turnout ever, according to Miller.

Instructors explained the proper extricating techniques for multiple pieces of equipment including hay balers, peanut combines, grain combines, cotton pickers, bush hogs, peanut inverters, and more. In addition, the participants learned how to handle chemical spills.

Sponsors for the event included – Blount County ALFA Young Farmer’s Committee, Blount County Women’s Committee, LifeSaver, Blount County Farmer’s Federation Board, A-Med, Blount County EMS, Miller Farms, Whitley Farms, Bayer Crop Science, First South Farm Credit, and Helena Chemical Company, Southern States, Agri-AFC, Hallmark Cattle Company, Snead Ag, and Dow Agri Science.