A number of Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services staff recently attended the Georgia EMS Association’s Farm Medic Class.

Agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries in America. Every year, injuries and deaths occur to farmers, family members, farm employees and rescue personnel. Some traditional rescue techniques may actually increase the risk to the victim and rescue personnel, Cherokee EMS officials said. Training and education in the methods of farm/rural rescue are a must for proper response and safety of the rescuer and patient. The goal of the farm medic class is to teach a systematic approach to farm rescue procedures that address the safety of both patients and responders.

“While these incidents are low frequency, they come with a high risk to our personnel,” Fire Training Officer Robbie Kennedy said in a news release. “This class covered exactly what we were looking for and we had a really good turnout for it.”

The course, which includes eight hours of classroom instruction and eight hours of hands-on training, is funded by Georgia’s Trauma Grant Program, meaning there is no cost for local jurisdictions to host the class. Among the aspects covered in the class include the stabilization, construction and particularly dangerous components of agricultural equipment, including silos.

“While Cherokee County isn’t as rural as it used to be, the risk for these types of events is still here,” Kennedy said.

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