GERT which stands for grain engulfment rescue trainer is a portable safety simulator used by South Dakota Wheat Growers. The company used GERT to demonstrate what happens when people get lodged inside grain bins and in some cases suffocate. They made their presentation at Dakota Fest in Mitchell this week. Beth Locken with Wheat Growers says they’re using the model to train e-m-t-s, first responders and farmers and students.
Locken says time is extremely critical when a person gets trapped inside a grain bin and tragedies can occur within a matter of seconds.
She says they found out when they started their demonstrations with GERT, parents and their children became involved in the simulation.
Wheat Growers built GERT as part of their ongoing commitment to rural safety.