In the fourth year of Nationwide’s annual Nominate Your Fire Department Contest, a record 883 nominations were submitted – making the selection process no easy matter.
Nominations often went into detail to describe how their local fire department would benefit from grain entrapment training and a grain rescue tube, and how the tube and training could be shared with nearby departments.
In the end, 16 winners in 10 states were chosen:
Since 2014, the contest has awarded grain rescue tubes and hands-on training to 48 fire departments across 18 states. Now, these fire departments are well-equipped to help rescue people who may become entrapped in grain.
Two past winners have used their new tube and training to save the lives of two workers. On Aug. 8, 2017, a 2015 winner, the Glenville (MN) Fire Department and other first responders were able to rescue a farmer engulfed in corn up to his neck. The 2014 contest winner, the Westphalia (KS) Fire Department, used their new skills in 2015 to rescue a man who had become trapped in a flow of soybeans inside a grain bin.
Grain Bin Safety Week 2017 was supported by CHS, West Side Salvage, Specialty Risk Insurance, ABIS, KC Supply Co., The Scoular Company, Authur J Gallagher & Co., NOHR Wortmann Engineering, Heard Insurance Agency, Ruff & Assoc Inc., Triple M Farms, Sukup, Sump Saver, National Farm Medicine Center and the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety.