Grain bin accidents send shockwaves through rural communities, as farmers and grain handlers know all too well how quickly entering a grain bin can turn deadly. To help prevent these accidents, Nationwide is providing life-saving resources to rural America’s first responders.

In partnership with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, Nationwide is awarding 58 fire departments across the country with grain rescue tubes and hands-on training to prepare them to respond when local grain entrapments occur.

In Ohio, the following fire departments were named as 2022 recipients:
  • Central Ohio Joint Fire District, Centerburg
  • Covington Fire & Rescue, Inc. Covington
  • Jefferson Township Fire and Rescue, Richmond Dale
  • Rome Fire Department, Rome
  • Silvercreek Township Fire Department, Jamestown
  • Windsor Fire Department, Windsor

NECAS, based out of Peosta, Iowa will deliver the rescue tubes and training to the winning fire departments throughout 2022. The comprehensive training sessions include classroom education and rescue simulations using the entrapment tools, which are loaded onto 20-foot trailers and able to hold about 100 bushels of grain each.

With 2022 donations included, Nationwide and partners have supplied these resources to 265 fire departments across 31 states. At least five fire departments have used their rescue tubes and training to successfully rescue entrapped workers.

Learn more about Nationwide’s Grain Bin Safety campaign at Think Grain Bin Safety.

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