Rippey Fire Department Hosts Grain Bin Rescue Training


Article and pictures by Anita Rowe, proud wife of firefighter, Brad

Being a farmer in Iowa can be a pretty tough gig.  Whether you own a farm, work on a farm, live near a farm, or even just drive by a farm on occasion, chances are you’re aware of a good many dangers farmers face on a daily basis.  There is livestock, of course, often in large numbers.  There is a lot of equipment, most of it enormous and very heavy, with oodles of moving parts or razor sharp edges.  And there is grain…tons and tons of grain.

According to statistical information gathered by researchers at Purdue University in Indiana, more than 900 cases of grain entrapment and/or engulfment have been reported in the United States in the last 50 years.  Approximately 62% of these cases resulted in fatalities, and most of those fatalities were due to suffocation.  It takes mere seconds to become trapped in moving grain, and a full grown man can be completely submerged in less than a minute.

 These figures are not something the firefighters and rescue personnel in Rippey and the surrounding communities take lightly.

On Saturday, August 9, 2014, the Rippey Fire Department hosted a training session that focused specifically on grain bin rescue procedures, using specialized rescue tubes that the department recently received.  The training was conducted by Don Ashenfelter of Professional Rescue Innovations, Inc (PRI).  Located in Van Meter, Iowa, PRI specializes in training programs for industrial and firefighter/rescue personnel that meet or exceed the standards set by both the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  The training session consisted of approximately four hours of classroom education followed by in-depth, hands-on training in a mock-scenario setting.  Breakfast and lunch were provided by the Rippey Fire Department, Heartland Co-op, and the Friends of Rippey, and was served by volunteers. The training was attended not only by members of Rippey’s fire department, but by firefighters and rescue personnel from Grand Junction, Dawson, and Jefferson, as well as by employees of Heartland Co-op.  Each participating member will receive a certificate of completion from the Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau (a division of the state fire marshal’s office).

Rippey Fire Chief Pete Johnson stated that coming up with the money for the purchase of both the equipment and the training was a joint effort between the fire department and Heartland Co-op, and was helped along by a grant from Greene County Foundation.

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And now.....Rippey News
September 14, 2014

Rippey United Methodist Church Activities

Rippey United Methodist Church 
PO Box 286, 103 West Main St. Rippey, IA 50235
Pastors:  Enna Antunez and Paul Burrow

Phone: 436-7731

Adult Sunday School at 9:00 a. m.
Worship Service is at 10:30 a. m.

Every Tuesday: Quilters 9:00- Coffee and fellowship 10:00- everyone welcome!

September 17:       6:00 p.m. Rippey Nominations. 
                                 7:00 Choir Practice

September 20:      10:00 a.m. Rippey Work Day @ ARC  in Jefferson

Rippey Public Library Activities

Sarah Kilgore, Librarian
Phone: 515.436.7714


Monday 1-6
Tuesday 1:30-5:30
Wednesday 3-8
Thursday 10-2
Saturday 1-3

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. Sign up for a card in September, and receive a prize.

Check out cake pans at the library. Photos of the pans are on our Facebook page.

September 17: 
Movie night. Watch Jumanji, starring Robin Williams. 4 p. m.

September 24:
Type your handwritten recipes at the library. Build a recipe book for your family.5 p. m. – 8 p. m. Come and go. Don't forget your recipes!

October 1: 
Adult Book Discussion. "The Invention of Wings" BY Sue Monk Kidd. 3:30 p. m.
Pick up a book at the library. 

October 4:
Young Adult Book Discussion. "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" BY Ransom Riggs. 1 p.m. Pick up a book at the library.

Rippey Lions Club meets Thursday, September 18:           

The Rippey Lions Club will meet this Thursday starting with a meal at 7 p.m. and the business meeting and program to follow at the Rippey United Methodist Church. Dale and Nancy Hanaman will present a program on Early Response Teams for severe weather and preparations in the home.


Friends of  Rippey have scheduled a meeting for Sunday evening, September 21, at 6:00 p. m. at the Rippey Library Community Room.  FOR is an inclusive group and anyone who is interested in the town and making it a better place to live, are welcome to attend the meeting to share their ideas for the future. This group had their first meeting April 22, 2001, with a few interested people. Since then we have added many people and completed several projects for the good of Rippey.   Everyone is welcome.

Rippey News         

Ben and Midge Vannatta went to a Labor Day party at Doug and Pam Grow home on Sunday, August 30.  Others attending were Jeff Grow, Bryan and Tami Grow, and their children, Bryna and Kora; Jason and Lindsey Grow and their children, Jaxon and Kamsen; Pat and Steve McPherson, and Lorna Grow of Dallas Center.  The big family crochet game was played and Midge won!  Lots of hors d’oeuvres and supper was eaten.  The kids all had a big water fight, along with their grandpa and uncles.  As soon as it got dark, fireworks were enjoyed by all.  On Labor Day, Doug, Pam, Jason and Lindsey canned salsa for their respective pantries.

Connie Neese and Doris Brown joined Hollie Hanalon  of Perry on Thursday to listen to the Al Walsh orchestra perform at Spring Valley.  Marlene Radebaugh, of Rippey, is a long time member of the orchestra.

Visitors in church on Sunday, September 14, were, Pastor and Mrs. Bruce and Tanya Smith and their children, Caitlin, Danielle, Isaac, Noah, and three-week old Micah.  Pastor Bruce was on vacation from his parish, at Macedonia, Henderson, and Wheeler Grove and the family decided to attend church where their friend, Pastor Enna Antunez, was preaching.

The First Coven of Poetry presented a program, Poetry Out Loud, at the Greene County Historical Museum on Sunday. Nancy Hanaman read her poems as part of this event, a tribute to Velda DeMoss, "Mouse in the House," and "Corn Cathedral."

Doris Brown was treated to a birthday dinner on Sunday, September 14.  Ron and Kathy Brown drove Doris to Des Moines where they met Jim Brown and Mandy Heenan at the Cracker Barrel. They all enjoyed the food and special birthday cake that was provided by the restaurant. 

 Warren Mount will be celebrating his 100th birthday on September 27.  He resides at Regency Park Nursing and Rehab Center in Jefferson, IA.

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