Volunteer firefighters are often a rural area’s first and only line of defense when a farmer or grain elevator worker becomes helplessly trapped in a grain bin. Unfortunately, many fire departments lack the specialized rescue techniques and equipment necessary for a successful rescue.
The only way to safely remove someone trapped in a bin is to remove the grain around the person’s body. And the best way to do that is to arm emergency personnel with the proper tools and training.
In 2014, a rescue tube and training was awarded to the Westphalia Fire Department. This year the contest has been expanded to include multiple winners. We’re accepting nominations from the general public. And firefighters can nominate their own fire department.
Dan Neenan, director of NECAS, will travel with a state-of-the-art grain entrapment simulator and rescue tube to the winning locations to conduct a one-day, six-hour training session. Loaded on a 20-foot trailer and able to hold approximately 100 bushels of the grain, the simulator is the perfect training ground.
Until we can convince all farmers and other grain handlers to stop entering grain bins, we will continue to work with our ag partners to help make tubes and training available to fire departments. The chances of surviving an engulfment are greatly increased if there’s a rescue tube available to fire departments nearby.
How to enter
The contest begins on Jan. 1, 2015 at 8 a.m. CT and ends May 31, 2015 at 8 a.m. CT.
To enter, provide your name, occupation, phone number, mailing and email address, the name, address and phone number of the fire department or emergency rescue team, and one page describing how the department or team and rural community would benefit from grain entrapment training and rescue tube, and how they plan to share the tube and training with nearby departments.
You can submit your nomination in one of three ways: online, via email or by mail.
Mail: NECAS, Grain Bin Safety Ag Contest, 8342 NICC Dr., Peosta, IA 52068
Limit one (1) entry per person, per email address and per household or department.
No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Open to legal residents of the contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. Void where prohibited. Enter Contest by: 5/31/15. Contest ends: 5/31/15. For Official Rules and prize descriptions, visit grainbinsafetyweek.com/contest/rules.
Sponsor: Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, 1100 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50391.