Once again, we’re collaborating with industry leaders and agricultural professionals to launch Grain Bin Safety Week, held February 21 -27.
Win safety equipment for your local fire department
The Nominate Your Fire Department Contest runs from January 1 through May 31 and awards grain rescue tubes and hands-on training to help first responders save lives. The contest is made possible thanks to the support of KC Supply Co., the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety and our other partners.
"Grain bin accidents can tragically impact individuals, families and entire communities," said Brad Liggett, president of Nationwide Agribusiness. "Accident prevention means everyone working together, and Grain Bin Safety Week provides a forum for the agricultural community to help keep people safe."
During the last two years, the national contest awarded tubes and training to 13 fire departments in 12 states. One of those winners, The Westphalia (Kansas) Fire Department, used their new skills in 2015 to rescue a man who became entrapped in grain.
In 2014, 38 documented entrapments resulted in 17 deaths, according to Purdue University. It was the highest number since 2010, when at least 26 U.S. workers were killed in grain engulfment.1
"That's where Grain Bin Safety Week can help," Liggett said. "This program brings attention to life-saving extraction methods and procedures, which can improve responder and victim safety."
How to enter
Nominations can be submitted one of three ways:
To enter, describe how the fire department or emergency rescue team and rural community would benefit from receiving grain entrapment training and a rescue tube. Nominators must provide their name, occupation, phone number, mailing and email address; and the name, address and phone number of the fire department or emergency rescue team being nominated.
See Official Rules for additional information.
Show your support for Grain Bin Safety Week
We've developed numerous GBSW promotional tools to help you highlight your support of this important cause. Available materials include:
- Customizable news release – Send to local media outlets.
- Customizable newsletter article – Publish in local newspaper, shopper and ag-related newsletters.
- Animated web banners – Add to your website.
- Logos – Add to letterhead and other print materials.
We need your help
In pursuit of our goal to equip firefighters and other emergency personnel with the proper tools and training to help save lives when workers become entrapped in grain bins, we're seeking donations in the form of grain rescue tubes, rescue training or a financial contribution.