Montana is home to a large population who make their living in agriculture, and when farm accidents happen many times it’s the emergency responders who arrive on the scene who can make a difference between life or death.
“Time is life. In these scenarios, the longer you’re away from that trauma surgeon the less survivable you are,” said Donny Morton, an emergency responder from Broadview.
At the Montana Emergency Medical Services Association meeting, responding to farm trauma was a main highlight. Because getting rapid care, rapid extraction, and fast transport is the key to survivability.
“Getting a lot of responders, EMS and firefighting personnel from across the state to come to one location where we have equipment we can play with and touch and can move and work on with people that are trained paramedics or flight medics that can go through the pathophysiology of these accidents, so we know how the patient is going to react,” Morton said.
The training workshops involve real-life scenarios.
“This is a real-life recreation of an incident that one of our people has been on. So, we are trying to use our experiences to train the next set of responders so the next one might live,” said Morton.
Information exchange is also a valuable asset at training workshops like this.
“One of the things I’m really interested in is the inheritance of the family farm. And that means so much to me. My son and daughter-in-law are back home helping with the ranch and to know that succession and to my grandchildren will still continue means the world to me,” said Gretchen Schubert, a producer in attendance from Huntley.
President Trump said recently that with every decision his administration makes they’re honoring America’s proud farming legacy.
“Years of crushing taxes, crippling regulations and corrupt politics left our communities hurting, our economy stagnant and millions of hard working Americans completely forgotten,” Trump said last week at an agriculture convention.
This too resonated well with farmers and ranchers in attendance; especially young producers.
“Sometimes during breaks, a lot of us older people we have stories to tell about calls we went on. A lot of times this is a huge asset for just learning is just the talking amongst each other about different calls you had, how they went and what you did on that particular call,” said retired Lewistown Fire Department Lieutenant Albert White.
Safety is no accident. But in the event of a farm or ranch accident, Montana is lucky to have well-trained emergency responders standing by and ready to help.