Rural fire fighters are often the first and only line of defense when someone becomes helplessly trapped in grain. Unfortunately, many fire departments lack the specialized rescue techniques and equipment necessary for a successful grain bin rescue. Each year, farmers risk their lives by entering large grain bins to remove clumped or rotting grain while machinery is still running. Much like quicksand, flowing grain can bury a worker within seconds.
In conjunction with Grain Bin Safety Week (Feb. 17-23, 2019), Nationwide is teaming up with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), KC Supply and others to award emergency first responders with grain rescue tubes and hands-on rescue training to help save lives.
Champaign County Farm Bureau and Sellman Insurance Group encourage you to nominate the Urbana Fire Department! If chosen to receive a rescue tube they will be able to serve the entire county with information and resources to help if an emergency were to occur.
The contest began Jan. 1, 2019 at 8 a.m. CT and extends through April 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Only entries submitted during this time will be considered for the contest.
To enter, describe how your local fire department or emergency rescue team and community would benefit from grain entrapment training and a rescue tube, and how the tube and training could be shared with nearby departments. Please include:
• Your name
• Phone number
• Mailing address
• Email address and
• Name, address and phone number of the fire department or rescue team nomination
Nominations are accepted from the public as well as from fire fighters who wish to nominate their own fire department. Employees and agents of Nationwide are not eligible to submit nominations for the contest. Please visit this link for complete details and to nominate the Urbana Fire Department!
Contact Champaign County Farm Bureau for any questions: 937-335-1471 or [email protected]