Nationwide Insurance and financial services company has partnered with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, Grain Systems, Inc. and KC Supply Co. to award fire departments with grain bin rescue tubes and specialized training to help save lives when farmers and other workers become entrapped in grain bins.
Starting Jan. 1 and continuing through May 31, 2015, fire department nominations can be submitted one of three ways: Online; Email: [email protected]; or Mail: NECAS, Grain Bin Safety Ag Contest, 8342 NICC Dr., Peosta, IA 52068.
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.
The contest is in conjunction with National Grain Bin Safety Week 2015, Feb. 22-28.
The central theme to Grain Bin Safety Week 2015 is the critical need for first responders to acquire the specialized rescue training and equipment needed to rescue someone entrapped in grain, a press statment announcing the contest said.
The chances of surviving a grain bin engulfment are greatly increased if a rescue tube is available to fire departments nearby, the statement added.
Official contest rules and more information about the Grain Bin Safety Week are available online at www.grainbinsafetyweek.com.