When a Westphalia, Kansas, farmer became trapped in a grain bin in 2015, the Westphalia Fire Department deployed a grain rescue tube to save his life just months after getting that tube and specialized rescue training. This event is significant because it marks the first life saved using a tube and training awarded through the Nominate Your Fire Department Contest, held in conjunction with Grain Bin Safety Week.
And in January 2024, first responders with Lepanto Fire & Rescue in Lepanto, Arkansas, called on the same equipment and training to save two farm workers trapped in a grain bin.
332 fire departments in 32 states
Westphalia and Lepanto are just two of the 332 fire departments in 32 states that have been recipients of grain rescue tubes and training through the Grain Bin Safety Week program.
“We care deeply about the safety of farmers, farm workers, their families and communities,” said Nationwide Agribusiness President Brad Liggett. “When we started Grain Bin Safety Week in 2014, we were driven to not only raise awareness of the risks and safe work practices of grain handling and storage, but to help enable first responders to save lives. Caring about grain bin safety isn’t enough. It takes action. So, we stepped in to help.”
“There’s no way we could perform the rescue we did without a rescue tube.”