Two New OSU Ag Safety and Health Program Staff!

Feb. 17, 2014

The OSU Extension safety office welcomed two new staff members in January. You can get to know them better, by tapping into their expertise or inviting them to a program in your area.

* A renewed emphasis will be placed on the program areas: Agricultural Rescue and Emergency Management.

Dave Torsell is the Program Manager for these areas.
Dave comes to us from the city of Urbana OH, where he has been a professional firefighter/officer for 37 years. His interests lie in public safety and specifically in keeping farmers and firefighters safe during agricultural emergency incidents. Dave will manage the Grain C.A.R.T. program, conducting safety awareness programs as well as coordinate technical rescue instruction with the Ohio Fire Academy. He will also renew OSUE programming efforts by partnering with OSU’s EMS Center to coordinate first responder trainings with a farm focus. In addition to these areas, Dave will join Dee Jepsen an an OSU Extension liaison to the state emergency management agencies; in this role, Dave will assist with questions and responses regarding emergency planning and disaster mitigation. He will also network with EDEN, our national Extension Disaster Education Network.

* The Ohio AgrAbility program received another four years of funding, and with that has added new staff.

Andy Bauer will serve as the Educational Coordinator, joining Kent McGuire on our team.
Andy comes to us with a farm background and 29 years experience in the commercial grain industry. Andy will be responsible for educational programs and providing displays and demonstrations at agricultural events around the state. He will also work with assistive technology vendors and farm managers who are interested in putting systems in place that increase the productivity and quality of life for our Ohio agriculturists.  Andy is available to provide county safety programs that satisfy Workers Compensation training sessions.

 For their contact information, please click on the 'About Us'  link on the left.