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Burlington Fire Department gets a little safer

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Burlington, Iowa Fire Department

Members of the Burlington Fire Department are now better equipped on the safety front.

The department has received a KC Grain Rescue Tube from Big River Resources. The tube will allow members of the Fire Department to safely rescue workers covered in grain.

51 incidents of grain-engulfment were reported by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration in 2010. Of those reported, five were in Iowa.

The KC Grain Rescue Tube will be available to other area fire departments for emergencies and training purposes.

The tube is valued at $3,000.