Nationwide News: 2 Ohio fire departments win grain rescue tubes

Buckeye Farm News

Each year, Nationwide holds a Nominate Your Fire Department Contest that awards first responders with grain rescue tubes and extrication training. The contest, held annually in conjunction with Grain Bin Safety Week, seeks nominations of first responders describing how their department or community will benefit from winning a tube and training and how they plan to share both with nearby departments.

The Bethel Township Fire Department in Medway and Central Fire District in Smithville each received an aluminum grain bin rescue tube and hands-on training valued at $8,000. The contest, in its second year, drew a record-high 300 entries.

Representatives from Nationwide and partnering organizations have been traveling to each location to participate in the awarding of the tubes and training.

“Preventing tragic grain bin accidents is one of our
top priorities,” said Brad Liggett, president of Nationwide Agribusiness. “But when they occur, fire departments need to be properly equipped and trained to protect both themselves and the communities they serve – and we want help.”

The chances of surviving a grain bin engulfment are greatly increased if a grain rescue tube is available to properly trained fire departments. The only way to safely remove someone trapped in a grain bin is to remove the grain around the person’s body – using a grain rescue tube or cofferdam.

Nationwide is leveraging its new partnership with GiveForward, an online fundraising and donation website, to help the non-winning fire departments set up a Grain Rescue Tube Online Fundraiser.

Visit Grain Rescue Tube Online Fundraiser online at to find a fundraiser in your area. Check back often as new fundraisers should be starting soon.

For questions or additional information, contact Doug Becker at [email protected] or (515) 508-5590.

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