- Need: To reduce farm injuries and improve EMS and fire/rescue's response to these injuries in rural Louisiana.
- Intervention: AGRIMEDIC is a two-day training for first responders.
- Results: 732 first responders have received training.
In 2000, organizations in rural
Louisiana met to discuss how to improve farm rescue. They
found that it took too long to extract farmers or
farmworkers who were pinned under or had limbs trapped in
equipment, and sometimes first responders were injured or
killed while responding to a fire or injury on a farm.
The Southeast Louisiana AHEC, which serves 13 parishes (3
rural by CMS and FORHP definitions, 9 rural by CMS
definitions, and 1 urban), offers an AGRIMEDIC training
course to EMS providers and fire/rescue personnel to help
them respond more quickly and safely to farm injuries.
Emergency providers will then be able to help
agricultural workers reduce mortality, injury, and
property loss resulting from agricultural emergencies.
The Southeast Louisiana AHEC travels to fire departments
and provides training for first responders. The first day
takes place in a classroom setting and the second day is
hands-on training on a farm. Participants learn about
power take-off (PTO) entanglements and tractor overturn,
among other types of injuries.
The cost for the training is $80 per participant. The
participant receives a manual, certificate, and AGRIMEDIC
patch. Upon successful completion of the provider
training course, participants will be qualified to
provide emergency medical services specific to
A total of 732 EMS, fire, and rescue personnel have
received AGRIMEDIC training.
A fire department chief in rural Tangipahoa Parish gave
the following testimonial about AGRIMEDIC: "The class was
very informative about the hazards on farms and what to
expect. We learned the techniques necessary to do rescues
on farm equipment by going to an equipment dealer and
looking at all the different types of equipment available
and the hazards in operating each piece of equipment. We
also participated in a hands-on training exercise, which
was great training with actual equipment and how to do
extrication. We are looking forward to sponsoring another
class to keep us up-to-date on rescues so we are prepared
when responding to farm equipment responses, because we
live in a rural area where a lot of this equipment is
being used on a daily basis and we have to respond to
many of these types of accidents."
If you live in Louisiana, contact the Southeast Louisiana
AHEC to coordinate a program in your area. If you live
outside of Louisiana, contact your AHEC to assist you
with a rural training experience.
Elizabeth W. Tamor, Chief Learning Officer
Southeast Louisiana AHEC
Agricultural health and safety
Emergency medical services
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics
Farmers and farmworkers
September 19, 2018
Date updated or reviewed
September 28, 2020
Suggested citation: Rural Health Information Hub,
AGRIMEDIC [online]. Rural Health Information Hub. Available at:
[Accessed 6 December 2022]
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