E-RAIL response trailer fleet growing

E-RAIL response trailer fleet growing

Michigan has expanded resources to help first responders with livestock accidents.

Michigan State University Extension’s Beth Ferry tells Brownfield the livestock industry wants to prepare first responders for potential accidents involving livestock as more animals travel across the state.

“When you do respond to an accident involving animals, you need different types of tools and equipment to be able to respond,” she explains.  “Firetrucks don’t carry containment equipment like fences on them, they don’t have sorting boards to move pigs or cattle.”

She says new funding from the state will deploy eight E-RAIL, or Emergency Response to Accidents Involving Livestock, response trailers throughout the state in addition to the three already in use.