Grain Bin Safety week, contest for fire departments for grain rescue tubes

In conjunction with Grain Bin Safety Week Feb. 21-27, Ohio Farm Bureau partner Nationwide is teaming up with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety and other supporters to award first responders with grain bin rescue tubes and specialized grain rescue training.

Fire departments in rural counties are often first on the scene when someone becomes trapped in a grain bin, but many times they lack the tools or training needed to save a life in that kind of emergency.

By illustrating the need for grain bin rescue, fire departments can enter a contest running now through May 31 that will award the winners with needed training and equipment. Winning entries will receive one grain rescue tube, valued between $3,000 to $5,000, and one six-hour grain entrapment rescue training session, at the winner’s location, valued at up to $5,000.

Ohio winners in 2015 were Central Fire District in Smithville and Bethel Township Fire District in Medway. Last year the contest, in its third year in 2016, received more than 300 entries and 12 winners from across the country were chosen.

Learn more and nominate your fire department. Entries are due May 31.