Farm Rescue Drills - 3505

Area firefighters and emergency medical responders learned teamwork and technique in rescuing people trapped by farm equipment during a workshop sponsored by Penn State Extension at the Elderton fire station. These first responders learned tractor rescue skills in their session on Sunday.

ELDERTON — Figures from Penn State Extension show 141 people died in farming-related accidents in Pennsylvania from 2010 to 2014, a number that changed little from the previous five years, and reflecting nearly the same rate of deaths in agriculture, one of the top industries in Pennsylvania.

With a goal of giving accident victims a better chance to survive accidents involving tractors and machinery, the Extension Service hosted a farm emergency response workshop over the weekend at the Elderton fire station.

Staff writer/Web Editor, The Indiana (Pa.) Gazette