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Firefighters practice removing a person trapped under a combine. Courtesy photos.

Firefighters practice removing a person trapped under a combine. Courtesy photos.

UNION TOWNSHIP- What do you do if someone’s being crushed beneath a combine or sinking into a silo full of grain? Roughly 50 firefighters and emergency services personnel now know how to handle these situations after experiencing handson simulated demonstrations at the Union Township Complex June 25.

“It provided a real good program that was really well received,” said Licking County OSU Extension Office Educator Howard Siegrist. The extension office and Central Ohio Technical College sponsored the demonstrations.

“We were really tickled with the response we got,” he said. Siegrist said fire departments from Licking, Muskingum, and Perry counties participated in the program, including Utica, Hebron, Southwest Licking, Granville Township, and Hartford among others. “It was really a good cross section of people there,” he said. A MedFlight helicopter paid a visit as well.

Siegrist said one of the training exercises simulated a situation where a hydraulic cylinder failed on a combine’s grain platform and it fell onto a person, trapping and crushing him. In another simulation, a person is trapped in a silo, slowly sinking into the stored grain.



Union Township Trustee President John Slater said he attended the demonstration for a few hours. “I would say it was a great success,” he said. Slater said the participants genuinely appreciated the training. “There is a concern for safety,” he said. Slater said he expects another organization to reserve the Union Township Complex for a different type of training session late July or August.

In other township news:

• Trustees met in a special session July 7 because their regular meeting was scheduled on Independence Day. Slater said that during the meeting trustees agreed to keep requesting and reviewing bids for security work the complex requires before it can house the Union Township Police Department. He said trustees have met with a contractor with whom the trustees believe can do the job at a reasonable price, but Slater believed it would be prudent to review more bids before making a decision.

“We’ll pursue a couple more quotes,” he said. “We’re looking for a comfort level with the bids.” He hopes construction work can begin within the next few weeks and be complete by the end of August.

JBA Architects Vice President Greg Cotterman said previously that plans are to use the right side of the building for the Union Township Police Department, which will require two secure doors and a “pass through” window to keep the one- officer department separated from the public. Trustees also want to create a small evidence room. So, Cotterman said total plans call for three doors, the window, and the evidence room.

• Slater said a Shelly Company representative told him the company is ready to begin township road paving projects. The Shelly Company was the sole bidder for several road resurfacing projects, which trustees narrowed down to three as priorities. Refugee Road will be resurfaced from Ohio 37 to Gale Road at a cost of $72,432 and Sycamore Road and Margaret Lane will be resurfaced at a combined cost of $45,100. Slater anticipates paving to begin within a week or so.

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