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Kanza Co-Op Donates Rescue Equipment

Posted 2/15/2018

By Jared JanzenKANZA Co-Op donated a rescue auger to Newton Fire/EMS last Wednesday. Pictured are Chris Anderson, Andy Harder, Bryce Roth, Cory Lehman, Cory Enterkin, Lucas McNally, Dylan Anderson, Jared Bergner and Ryan Mahlandt. KANZA Co-Op donated a rescue auger to Newton Fire/EMS last Wednesday. Pictured are Chris Anderson, Andy Harder, Bryce Roth, Cory Lehman, Cory Enterkin, Lucas McNally, Dylan Anderson, Jared Bergner and Ryan Mahlandt.

NEWTON—Kanza Co-Op donated a piece of equipment to Newton Fire/EMS last week that could one day save someone’s life. The new tool is a rescue auger, used for situations where a person is engulfed in grain.

Cory Enterkin, safety and compliance manager for Kanza Co-Op, presented the rescue auger to the fire/EMS department last Wednesday. It has a value of about $900 and will be available to use in a grain engulfment rescue anywhere in the county.

Kanza Co-Op has a location in the city of Sedgwick as well as locations in Sedgwick, Pratt and Stafford counties. They also donated grain engulfment rescue equipment to Sedgwick County two years ago, Enterkin said.

Newton Firefighter/Paramedic Lucas McNally explained the new auger will be used for if a farmer becomes entrapped in grain when walking on top of it inside a silo.

“Sometimes that will crust over, and where they’ll get in trouble is if it crusts over and they walk on top of it and it collapses,” McNally said. “And when they do that, it just swallows them and buries them just like quicksand.”

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