Spring Grove volunteer firefighters who attended the safety session at Farmers Co-op Elevator included: Don Hagen, Chelsey Ardinger, Trent Turner, Dan Neuzil, Keith Haugstad, Joel Strike, Ken Waldenberger, Pete Wennes, Ryan Solum, Sam Otterness, Andy Melbostad, Jon Speltz, Tyler Gjere, Daryl Melbostad and Farmers Co-op Spring Grove Location Manager, Mike Patterson.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->
Spring Grove volunteer firefighters who attended the safety session at Farmers Co-op Elevator included: Don Hagen, Chelsey Ardinger, Trent Turner, Dan Neuzil, Keith Haugstad, Joel Strike, Ken Waldenberger, Pete Wennes, Ryan Solum, Sam Otterness, Andy Melbostad, Jon Speltz, Tyler Gjere, Daryl Melbostad and Farmers Co-op Spring Grove Location Manager, Mike Patterson.

In early June, first responders from the Spring Grove Fire Department toured Farmers Co-op Elevator's dry fertilizer plant in downtown Spring Grove and the anhydrous ammonia plant located in the west end.

"Facility safety sessions ensure that firefighters are familiar with the types of fertilizers and chemicals used at these plants and the appropriate emergency safety procedures for handling them," according to Agronomy Division manager Roger Taylor.

"The chemicals we have at the downtown plant aren't the same as the chemicals at the west end plant, and firefighters need to know which buildings require foam and which use water to contain a fire."

At Farmers Co-op Elevator, the safety of their team members and the communities they serve is their number one priority.

Parthenon Agency, a company that specializes in safety training for agricultural-based companies, provides safety training for their employees and helps make sure that safety policies and procedures are up to spec and being followed.

Educating safety officials is an important step in making sure they run a safe operation.

"The more we help the public understand how we operate and what is around them, the safer we'll all be," Farmers Co-op general manager Todd Rosvold stated.

"Similar safety sessions will be offered annually at all of our facilities, not only in Spring Grove but also in Rushford, Houston and Caledonia."

"Although responding to fires, spills or other emergencies at these types of plants is rare," according to Fire Chief Daryl Melbostad, "it takes the mystery out of what we would be dealing with if these chemicals were to be released. Tours like this help emergency services personnel plan and prepare."

Farmers Co-op Elevator Company is a member-owned cooperative serving farmers, rural households, gardeners and animal lovers in Houston, Fillmore and Winona counties in Minnesota and Allamakee and Winneshiek counties in Iowa. Learn more online at www.farmersco-opelevator.coop.