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
August 24, 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

August 31:  Sunday School begins at 9:00 a. m.  Rally Day will be celebrated during worship.

September 3:  Rippey Ad Council at 7:00 p.m.

September 4:  Rippey Ladies Aid at 2:00 p m.

September 4:  Rippey Lions Club meal at 7:00 p.m. with business meeting to follow.

September 5:  Greene County Historical Meeting at noon at Rippey United Methodist Church with business meeting and program to follow.

September 7:  Rippey United Methodist Church Ice Cream Social.  Serving begins at 4:00 p.m.

Rippey Public Library Activities

August 28 at 10:30 a. m: Type your handwritten recipes at the library! Build a recipe book for your family!

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 3: Design a plate with sharpies for your Grandparents. 4 p.m.

Grandparents Day is September 7th.

September 11: Type your handwritten recipes at the library. Build a recipe book for your family. 10:30 a. m. – 2 p. m. Come and go. Don't forget your recipes!

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!

Entwined With You, by Sylvia Day
Reflected in You, by Sylvia Day
Finding Me, by Michelle Knight

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Looking For Alaska by John Green
Four, by Veronica Roth
JUVENILE Cardboard Box Book, by Sarah Powell
Ninja Red Riding Hood, by Corey Rosen Schwartz
Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren
Sniffer Dogs: How their Noses Save Lives, by Nancy Castaldo Dork Diaries: Tales From A Not-So-Glam TV Star, by Rachel Renee Russell

LEGO: The Batman Movie
Heaven is For Real Divergent
The LEGO Movie

Sarah Kilgore, Librarian

Phone: 515.436.7714



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

 Holden Ray Ulrich, son of Matt and Megan Ulrich of rural Ogden, celebrated his 1st birthday in style with a "Golfing Partee" the Saturday following his August 5 birthday.  The decorations and food served carried out the golfing theme including Holden's birthday hat!  Attending Holden's party was special guest, great-grandma Molly Sarff from Sioux City.  Holden's sister Evie, his grandparents, aunts and uncles, and several cousins were able to join the festivities.  The weather was wonderful so most of the activities were held outdoors.

Dale and Nancy Hanaman journeyed to Wisconsin with their daughter, Sarah Pearson, and grandchildren, Steven, Elizabeth and Andrea for a family reunion at the home of their nephew, Tim Taylor and his wife, Tracy, in Fond du Lac, WI. Benji and Sarah Pearson and family then returned to their home in Superior, WI and Nancy and Dale returned home on Sunday after joining Sarah and family for breakfast.

Nancy and Dale Hanaman participated in a training workshop for the Emergency Response Team program through the Iowa United Methodist Church at the Aurelia United Methodist Church. They will be a part of one of the teams to respond to natural disasters in Iowa and nearby states as needed. The leader for the workshop was Pastor Paul Evans, Garner, who formerly served the United Methodist Church in Ogden.


         Roy and Phyllis Bardole and family spent the end of July until  August 23rd celebrating their 50th anniversary!

         The first part of the celebration was a trip to Washington D.C.  to see Roy's "cut  out"  in the "Time and Navigation" exhibit in the Air and Space Museum. It is at the end of the exhibit showing how firemen, farmers, and students use GPS. 

        Pete, Yvette, Arthur, Avery, and Aden left July 25th to drive to Washington D C.  They stopped in West Lafayette, Indiana to visit and spend the night with Bill and Heidi Fornes and daughters Margaret and Jane.  The next morning they were off to Auburn Michigan.  There they spent the afternoon with Jay and Ellen Bardole of Vincennes Indiana, and Dan and Heather Hubert and daughters Amanda and Janelle of Beverly Hills Michigan.  Sunday they headed towards Washington D.C., stopping for some sightseeing on the way.

        Monday July 28th Roy, Phyllis, Tim, Lori, Cassie, Schyler, Gabe Bardole, and Lauren King flew to D.C.   We all met that evening at a rented house in Historic Washington D.C. area.   It was nice and fit all 13 people with sleeping arrangements!

         Tuesday we all headed to the Metro and then the Air and Space Museum.  It was comical to watch people look at the "cut out" of Roy and then to him.  We spent quite a while there taking our own pictures and having his picture taken with others. In the afternoon we headed to the Metro again and traveled out to Arlington Cemetery. We spent the afternoon there at the changing of the guard, Kennedy's grave and other points of interest. 

        Wednesday morning we headed again to the Mall.  This time we had and appointment with Peter Liebhold who is a curator at the Museum of American History.  He talked with us two hours about the upcoming new exhibit on agriculture in which some our items will be on display.  They have a picture of Roy's mom hauling in beans and an old GPS unit of ours.  Peter has asked lots of questions about farming from 1920 - 1940.  With the help of Paul Bardole telling Roy what was done then, he has been able to give him information. That exhibit will open in another year.   We all looked through the Smithsonian's, ate lunch, and then met back together.  Everyone but Roy, Phyllis and Aden had tickets to go through the Holocaust Museum.  We took Aden through the Natural History Museum.  There weren't as many dinosaurs as Aden would have liked, but they are "building" a new T-Rex!

         That evening then as we caught our second  wind, we walked toward the Washington Monument, the Korean War Memorial, the World War II Memorial, Lincoln's Memorial, and the Vietnam War Memorial.  It was nearing dusk as we left there and began the LONG walk to the Metro and back to the house.  We had ordered pizza two nights, so this night we picked up Chinese on the way home.

         Thursday we all started at the Library of Congress and then decided to "split" up.  Pete's family went to some more museums and the White House.  Cassie, Lauren, and Gabe went to some art museums, the White House and then dropped Gabe off at the Spy Museum where he met up with Lori and they spent the afternoon there. Roy, Tim, Schyler, and Phyllis headed out on a long journey to the Air and Space Museum annex out by Dulles Airport that housed the Discovery Space Shuttle.  We were " awe struck" by its size and decided the long trip was worth it.  We met back at Union Station and ate there before heading back to the house. Pete's family got back before us and chose pizza again!

        Friday morning we were headed to the Metro, airport, and home.  Pete's family started their long drive home. They arrived home later Saturday evening.  It was a wonderful trip and we all had a great time.  Our only regret was that Jason and family could not be there with us.  With three children ages seven, three, and four months, it would have been brutal.

       August 9th, Jason, Allison, Levi, Kate, and Chase traveled to Iowa for the rest of the celebration.  Sunday the 10th most of us went to Spring Lake to help our Aunt Avis Jantz celebrate her 95th birthday.  Then we came back to Roy's and the family had a 50th anniversary cake for us. Mackinsey and Boe Druivenga also joined us.  Monday night before Jason and family left for home, we were able to have a picture of our whole family taken.  That included Lauren King of Adaza who is now engaged to Schyler.

     August 23rd, Roy and Phyllis drove to Ames and back to Collegiate Methodist Church where they were married.  We spent the day together and it was a nice ending to a wonderful celebration.  We are so blessed to have a great family!  We are looking forward to many more anniversaries, but this one was indeed memorable.

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