The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), located on Northeast Iowa Community College’s (NICC) Peosta campus, has received a grant from the Dubuque Racing Association (DRA) to support the purchase of two new manure pit simulation manikins.
With the DRA’s $1,889 in grant funding, NECAS will purchase an Adult CPR Water Rescue Manikin and an Adolescent CPR Water Rescue Manikin. NECAS incorporates the manikins in its Confined Space Manure Pit safety and rescue simulator, which was constructed in 2013 and has provided 66 trainings in multiple states.
The DRA grant will enable NECAS to upgrade its manure pit simulation manikins which are currently breaking down from rust and mold. The replacement manikins are designed for liquid immersion and will ensure the longevity of the training program with fewer replacement costs.
Agriculture is a leading industry in Iowa and while the number of manure pits in Iowa is unknown, the hazards they present are very clear. In the last calendar year, four Midwestern farmers (two in Iowa and two in Wisconsin) have died from gas exposures while entering manure pits. Developing, training and following a confined-space program is important to ensuring safety, and the NECAS mobile training unit is uniquely prepared to provide training and safety education for the agricultural community.
NECAS created a curriculum for Confined Space Manure Pit rescues which is approved by the Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau. With the training bureau’s approval, the class is eligible to go to any fire department in the State of Iowa to teach volunteer firefighters, and the cost is covered by the volunteer firefighters training fund.
NECAS is dedicated to preventing illnesses, injuries, and deaths among farmers and ranchers, agricultural and horticultural workers, their families, and their employees. In 1997, NECAS opened on the NICC Peosta campus. This is the only organization with hands-on farm equipment safety training center. The facility also houses classrooms and a library and resource center. For more information, visit www.necasag.org.