First responders prepare for electrical hazards

By Tara Miller, Central Electric Cooperative Manager of Communications

Mitchell – Emergency responders are usually the first to arrive on the scene of an accident or fire, so they face a greater risk of encountering electrical hazards such as damaged equipment or downed power lines. 

In an effort to protect and educate local first responders, Central Electric Cooperative offered free electrical safety training at their headquarters west of Mitchell on April 13. Attendees included local first responders, fire department personnel and emergency medical technicians (EMTs). The annual training helps improve safety and bridge the gap between first responders and electric cooperative personnel. 

During the training, Central Electric’s Manager of Operations Brian Bultje showed common examples of electrical meters and provided guidance on protocols for disconnecting power during an emergency. 

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On Wednesday, Jan. 11, members of the Town and Country Volunteer Fire Department out of Woonsocket traveled to Fedora to receive a grant from the South Dakota Salutes Special Needs Fund. Upon a second review using an application process managed by the Independent Insurance Agents of South Dakota, the South Dakota Salutes organization chose Town and Country Fire Department to receive a $2,500 grant. Town and Country’s intention for the grant money is to purchase battery-powered lighting and other battery-powered tools to aid them in their service of western Sanborn County.

Also recognized that evening, the Fedora Volunteer Fire Department received a $5,000 grant from the South Dakota Salutes Special Needs Fund. The Fedora department plans on using the money as part of their effort to raise $10,000 for personal protective gear to update their self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) gear, including new air cylinders, o-rings and reconditioned valves.

The grant was made possible from donations to South Dakota Salutes from Sammons Financial Group Companies in Sioux Falls. The South Dakota Salutes Special Needs Fund is managed through the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation that collects donations in part to support grants to rural South Dakota emergency response organizations. 

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Over this past weekend, various agencies traveled to Fedora to take part in an Agriculture Rescue class. The course covered response tactics to all types of farm related accidents. The nationally renown training group Advanced Rescue Solutions brought three instructors from Indiana to share their knowledge and experience. These instructors are part of the FEMA response team and have been to many national disasters such as numerous hurricanes and the Champlain Towers collapse in Miami. The class was free to students thanks to the hard work of the Fedora Fire Department who raised money and the many businesses that donated money, many of those businesses right here in Sanborn County.  This was a once in a lifetime chance for many people to learn from some of the best in the country and all students came away better prepared to solve many of the emergency situations they may encounter. Sanborn County agencies that attended were Artesian Fire Department, Sanborn County Ambulance, Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office and Woonsocket Fire Department.

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