Arkansas Farm Bureau is sponsoring a free grain bin safety training program on March 14 at the Brinkley Convention Center. The program is open to first responders (firefighters, EMTs, etc.) and anyone directly involved with grain bin use. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The program will begin at 10 a.m. and end at approximately 3 p.m. Lunch and refreshments will be served.

The training will be presented by Grain Systems Incorporated. The first half of the training will be in a classroom setting.

The second half will be a hands-on demonstration with the RES-Q Trainer, a portable training unit, demonstrating the use of coffer dams. Attendees will receive relevant and critical rescue training in a safe, controlled environment that teaches not only prevention, but the proper actions to take in the event of an actual grain engulfment emergency. For those to whom this applies, the course will count toward continuing education credits.

The program registration deadline is Feb. 15. Registration forms are available from county Farm Bureau offices or by contacting Arkansas Farm Bureau safety coordinators Amanda Williams (501-228-1493, or Jason Kaufman (501-228-1375,

Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 200,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.