The grain elevator explosion in LaPorte County is the latest in a series of grain bin mishaps involving farmers or elevator operators… some of which can be fatal.

The Jasper County Farm Bureau is making sure that their member farmers can survive any grain bin accidents.

They‘re presenting “Liberty Rescue Tubes” today (Thurs) to each of the county‘s four volunteer fire departments. The tubes are rigid, can be expanded and can be pushed thru the grain to protect a trapped person until the bin can be opened and the person freed.

Farm Bureau president and CEO Daryl King says the rescue tubes, provided by Liberty Rescue Systems are part of their grain safety education effort.

King says volunteer firefighters have gone through training and classroom courses on how to use the tubes, and the Sheriff‘s Department and Indiana State Police know that they have the equipment in case they‘re called out to a grain bin accident.

The Tri-County FFA paid for the rescue tubes, which cost $12-thousand dollars.