Two Ohio fire departments win grain bin rescue tubes

Nationwide just awarded two Ohio fire departments grain bin rescue tubes as part of the 2016 Nominate Your Fire Department Contest held in conjunction with Grain Bin Safety Week.

The fire departments in Millersport and Wilmington both won a grain bin rescue tube and hands-on rescue training. Local presentations of the tubes and training took place Sept. 12 and 13, respectively. This year’s contest generated a record 641 nominations and will provide tubes and training to 19 fire departments across 14 states.

“For the third straight year, Nationwide is bringing awareness to preventable grain bin entrapments and deaths through Grain Bin Safety Week,” said Nationwide Agribusiness President Brad Liggett. “Grain bin accidents can tragically impact individuals, families and entire communities. Accident prevention means everyone working together – and Grain Bin Safety Week provides a forum for the agricultural community to help keep people safe.”

Grain Bin Safety Week is an annual observance that occurs the third full week of February to promote grain bin safety on farms and commercial grain handling facilities. A highlight of Grain Bin Safety Week is the contest, which runs from Jan. 1 – May 31 and awards grain rescue tubes and training to first responders across the country.

The contest encourages nominations of first responders whose communities would benefit from winning a tube and training. It asks departments to describe how they’d share the tube and training information with nearby fire departments.
“Due to the generous and increasing support of our partners, the contest continues to grow each year,” said Liggett. “While accident prevention is our No. 1 goal, we’re committed to helping equip first responders with the necessary grain rescue equipment and training.”

Sponsors of the 2016 contest include CHS, West Side Salvage, GSI, KFSA, M.F. Block Insurance, Barry Walker Agency, ABIS, KC Supply Co Inc., Scoular Co., Arthur J. Gallagher, The Mennel Milling Company, Sukup Grain Handling, Drying and Storage Equipment, Sump Saver, National Education Center for Agricultural Safety and the National Farm Medicine Center.

For additional information about the program, please visit Nationwide’s Grain Bin Safety Week website.

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Photo caption: Millersport Fire (pictured) and Wilmington Fire were two of 19 fire departments in 14 states to win the 2016 Grain Bin Safety Rescue Tube and Training award as part of Nationwide’s Grain Bin Safety Week contest. Each department received a grain rescue tube and will learn specialized extraction techniques to help rescue farmers and other workers who may become
entrapped inside of a grain bin.

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.