Penn State-administered farm safety program wins rural health award

A farm rescue training program administered through Penn State was the recipient of a Pennsylvania Rural Health Award. The awards are given annually by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health.

The PAgricultural Rescue Training Program, a program offered through the Penn State Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, received the 2011 Rural Health Program of the Year Award. PAgricultural Rescue, developed by Penn State Senior Extension Associate Davis Hill, brings more than 500 Pennsylvania firefighters and emergency personnel together each year for training sessions designed to lessen the extent of injuries sustained in farm accidents. The program teaches trauma care and rescue procedures for unusual circumstances, such as accidents involving heavy farm machinery or entrapments in confined spaces. The program has been credited six times in the past two years for providing significantly positive outcomes in farming accidents.

Awardees were honored at a luncheon ceremony during a recent conference, held to commemorate the first National Rural Health Day celebration.

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Last Updated January 10, 2012