Each year, farmers and grain handlers risk their lives when they enter 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.
To assist first responders who encounter these emergency situations, Nationwide has launched the sixth annual Nominate Your Fire Department Contest. Winning entries will be awarded:
• One grain rescue tube, valued between $3,000 to $5,000
• One six-hour grain entrapment rescue training session, at winner’s location, valued at up to $5,000.
“The work that farmers do is critical to the fabric of America, and their jobs are often dangerous,” said Brad Liggett, president of Nationwide Agribusiness, the nation’s No. 1 farm insurer. “That’s why Nationwide is committed to helping first responders save lives, and we’re proud to give them the necessary tools and training. It is imperative to increase access to rescue tubes and comprehensive training so that we can help protect those who serve us every day.”
Nominations for the Nominate Your Fire Department Contest are open until April 30, 2019. Since its inception, the contest has awarded grain rescue tubes and hands-on rescue training to fire departments in 24 states, including Ohio. Two of the tubes have been used to save the lives of two farmers.