Agriculture emergency response training April 28 at Stiles Farm Foundation
A comprehensive farm safety training program for emergency services personnel is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 at the Stiles Farm Foundation, located one mile east of Thrall, Texas.
There is no charge for the training and the program includes a barbecue lunch at noon. The training will provide education on equipment fires, hazardous materials, overall farmstead safety and other topics.
“The 2011 drought was a continuous threat to rural Texas,” said Dr. Andy Vestal, Texas AgriLife Extension Service director of homeland security and emergency management in College Station. “It’s imperative that emergency services personnel receive comprehensive training so they are prepared to serve and protect agricultural producers and agribusinesses that provide commerce for both rural and urban-based economies.”
Event sponsors are Williamson County Farm Bureau, Travis County Farm Bureau, Texas Farm Bureau, AgriLife Extension, Texas AgriLife Research, Texas Forest Service, Williamson County Grain, Williamson County Equipment, Coufal Prater and Williamson County Gin.
“This training program is open to anyone involved in emergency services, which includes volunteer and urban fire departments, sheriff, police and emergency management teams who serve agricultural areas in Central Texas,” said Bob Avant, Williamson County Farm Bureau president and director of corporate relations for AgriLife Research. “Participants will receive in-depth training with regards to emergency response involving both modern and older farm equipment, plus instruction on hazardous materials and general farm safety.”