CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Cape Girardeau fire crews practiced grain bin rescues Monday using equipment provided by local businesses.
Crews worked hands on with the tools after a morning of classroom time.
Emergency workers say they discussed the number of grain bin deaths, both locally and nationally.
Butch Koeppel, with Agri Systems in Jackson, says it's important for his business to contribute to buying the tubes.
"It's important," said Koeppel. "We don't want anyone to go in these bins without having some kind of safety device around them or whatever. It's got to be real serious because you can go down and get engulfed in the bin"
Cape Girardeau police say it's important to play it safe when working in and around grain bins.
The afternoon was spent on practical skills training using a ResQ Tube and associated equipment. The ResQ Tube, equipment and training were provided by donations from Agri Systems of Cape and Jackson, Co-op Service Center of Jackson-Whitewater, MFA Agri-Services of Jackson, Auto Tire and Parts, Fisher Auto Parts of Jackson, and Mid West Grain and Barge.