People who work in agriculture are 8-10 times more likely to die on the job than the average U.S. worker. Our efforts to prevent such injury and death on farms through policy are met with resistance, meaning most safety improvements must be adopted voluntarily. Unfortunately, inadequate numbers of safety consultants exist to assist farmers in making their farms safe.
Research shows that farmers expressed willingness to make changes to behavior and operations if given advice from their local fire department. This is why we created RF-DASH. It is a trainer program designed to increase rural firefighter knowledge and ability to promote injury prevention on our local farms and ranches. By utilizing existing networks of firefighter/EMS training, we can equip first responders with the tools and knowledge to perform brief farm safety consultations. These consultations are designed to improve farm safety and ensure the safety of first responders in the event of an emergency.
Through RF-DASH we hope to help build relations between farmers and their local fire/EMS departments, and continue to make agriculture a safer and healthier community.