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  • Mock rescue part of farm safety camp

  • While hearing the pounding hum of helicopter blades and feeling strong winds from its flight, local students watched as a live patient was transported in the sky.
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  • While hearing the pounding hum of helicopter blades and feeling strong winds from its flight, local students watched as a live patient was transported in the sky.
    The simulation was part of the annual Farm Safety Day Camp Thursday, sponsored by the McPherson County K-State Research and Extension, McPherson County Farm Bureau, and Mid Kansas Coop.
    Mitz Fawl of Farm Bureau said farming accidents have increased in recent years, and many children get too comfortable with unsafe behavior on their farm. However, she thinks demonstrations like these help them realize the importance of farm safety.
    The mock rescue kicked off the day's events, where firefighters used the Jaws of Life to rip apart the frame of a wrecked car and safely extract a dummy body. A local volunteer then replaced the dummy, and Emergency Medical Service personnel demonstrated how they would attach him to a stretcher and give him life support.
    From behind the demonstration area flew in a helicopter from Newton. The children watched as the patient was placed in the helicopter, flown away, and returned.
    Following the mock rescue, the children rotated between viewing the inside of a helicopter, police car, ambulance and fire truck.
    The Newton helicopter team said the propeller at the rear rotates about 750 rounds per minute, while the propeller at the top of the helicopter rotates about 375 rounds per minute.
    Helicopters are called out one to two times a day and are ready in case they need is there, but are disregarded during nearly half of their flights. In some rare cases, however, they have arrived at rural locations before ambulances.
    Brian Timken, a flight nurse with the Newton helicopter, said events such as the one Thursday allow children to learn about topics that parents or children might forget about.
    “It's really helpful to get kids thinking about the risks. That's just not something kids think about,” he said. “I think prevention is key.”
    Jordan Creed, 9, said he learned lots of facts during the demonstration. For example, he learned that emergency personnel must hold the head of the patient to prevent further damage to their body.
    “I always thought they just opened the door and took the patient out,” he said.
    Riley Bruce said she enjoyed seeing the inside of the emergency vehicles.
    Throughout the rest of the afternoon, the 60 camp children visited a number of stations at the 4-H fairgrounds, including basic first aid tips, how to be safe in a grain bin and fire safety. Two new stations this year were a dairy lab, where a mobile unit with a live cow was used for a milking demonstration, and pesticide safety, where children used water to practice how to safely apply pesticides.
    Page 2 of 2 - Jonie James, extension agriculture agent, said farm safety is extremely important to her because it hits close to home. She knows two 7-year-olds who were killed in an ATV accident. She also knows that agriculture is listed as one of the most dangerous realms of work.
    “The more we can think about safety, the better,” she said.
    Contact Jenae Pauls at jpauls@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow her on Twitter @PaulsSentinel
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