“Nationwide and NECAS doesn’t do this alone; we rely on our sponsors like New York Farm Bureau to help spread the message about grain bin safety and to help financially support the program,” said Nationwide Agribusiness President Brad Liggett. “New York Farm Bureau has sponsored a rescue tube and training each year since 2020.”
Nominate your fire department
Visit mynsightonline.com/grain-bin-safety/participate-partner/winners to see if a grain rescue tube has been awarded near you. If you don’t see one close by, nominate your fire department today.
"If these resources aren't in your area, you can take the first step by nominating your first responders or contributing money during Grain Bin Safety Week," said Keyes. "Every rural community should have the tools and training to save lives from grain entrapment."
More about Grain Bin Safety Week
Grain Bin Safety Week is held the third full week of February, while the Nominate Your Fire Department Contest runs from January 1 to April 30 annually. Since its start, the contest has attracted more than 11,000 nominations. Nationwide, NECAS and other generous sponsors have provided grain rescue tubes and training to 332 fire departments in 32 states. At least seven fire departments have utilized their rescue tubes and training to successfully rescue entrapped workers.
NECAS Director Dan Neenan travels with a state-of-the-art mobile grain entrapment simulator to the winning locations to conduct the training session and award the tube. Loaded on a 20-foot trailer and able to hold approximately 100 bushels of grain, the simulator is the perfect training ground.
“One injury or life lost from grain entrapment is too many. We encourage everyone to nominate their local first responders,” said Liggett.
Find out more about Grain Bin Safety Week and how you can get involved at grainbinsafetyweek.com.