Wis. farmers, firefighters partner on hazards maps

Posted on Friday, May 24,2013 --- 2:25 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The National Farm Medicine Center is working with farmers and firefighters in Wisconsin to create digital maps of hazards on farms.

The idea is that farmers will enter information into a password-protected database that's tied to a Quick Response, or QR, code posted on the farm's mailbox or in another prominent location. Arriving firefighters scan the code with their smartphones and receive information about stored chemicals, power lines and other items.

Jerry Minor is chief of the Pittsville Fire Department in central Wisconsin. He says injuries on farms tend to be severe, and the things that hurt farmers also create risks for firefighters who come to their aid.

Joe Ortner says hazards on his dairy farm outside Pittsville include 1,000 gallons of diesel, cleaning chemicals and a 6-foot-deep manure pond.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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