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.
Oswald Crow Agency, Rock Port, recently informed Scott Jones, Rock Port Fire Chief, about a grant program sponsored by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.
In conjunction with Grain Bin Safety Week (Feb. 19 – 25, 2017), Nationwide is teaming up with other partners to award first responders with grain bin rescue tubes and hands-on rescue training to help save lives.
Winning entries will be awarded one grain rescue tube, valued between $3,000 to $5,000, and one six-hour grain entrapment rescue training session, at the winner’s location, valued at up to $5,000.
The contest began January 1 and ends May 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.
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 the following information:
• Your name
• Occupation
• Phone number
• Mailing address
• E-mail address and
• Name, address and
phone number of the fire department or rescue team nomination.
Nominations are accepted from the general 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.
To nominate the West Atchison Rural Fire Department for this grant, submit your entry in one of the following ways:
• Online http://www.ws4u.com/home/communication/nominate-your-fire-department
• E-mail: agcontest@nicc.edu
• Mail to: NECAS, Grain Bin Safety Week Contest, 8342 NICC Dr., Peosta, IA 52068
There is a limit of one entry per person, per e-mail address and per household or department.