Great Wall of Rescue

Pictured from left are Andrea Cress, Industrial Safety general manager; Craig Fowler, WITC-Rice Lake campus administrator; Tim Halbur, WITC fire services director; Adam Jarchow, owner and vice president of Industrial Safety; presenting a Great Wall of Rescue to the college. 

Industrial Safety, Inc., a Clear Lake based supplier of fire and safety equipment donated a Grain Bin Rescue System, known as the “Great Wall of Rescue” to WITC. The rescue system will be used by WITC to train firefighters and other emergency personnel in Northwest Wisconsin in grain bin rescue operations.

“WITC’s Fire and Technical Rescue training program strives to provide cutting-edge training to emergency responders so as to help them perform their duties safely and efficiently,” said Tim Halbur, WITC’s fire services director. “The very generous donation from Industrial Safety of the Great Wall of Rescue will help us fulfill that mission, specifically in the high hazard discipline of grain bin rescue.”

According to Purdue University, 27 people lost their lives in grain bin accidents in 2018 with an additional 15 from August–November in 2019.

Industrial Safety General Manager Andrea Cress said, “All of us at Industrial Safety grew up in this area and understand the dangers of grain bin accidents. Over the past few years, as we have seen more news stories about grain bin tragedies, we have wanted to find a way to help our rural communities respond to these incidents. This tool–the Great Wall of Rescue–is growing in popularity and used among the fire departments in our area. This donation to WITC will help ensure that firefighters are properly trained and able to assist in farm accidents. We are proud of our long association with Northwest Wisconsin’s fire departments and thrilled to make this donation.”

Industrial Safety has been in business in Clear Lake for 30 years. A small family business, it is owned and operated by Adam and Barbara Jarchow. Industrial Safety sells and services safety tools and equipment for the fire service, industry and municipalities. For more information, visit or call 715.263.3330.

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A nationally top-ranked college and a designated 2019 Military Friendly® School, WITC serves the educational and career needs of more than 18,000 residents of Northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, WITC offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized business training, and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. WITC is a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, call 800.243.WITC or visit WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator.

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