To help prevent grain elevator accidents that kill dozens each year, Nationwide – a group of large US insurance and financial services companies based in Columbus, Ohio – is providing vital resources to area first responders. rural America.
In partnership with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, Nationwide has provided 58 fire departments across the country with grain rescue tubes and hands-on training to prepare them to respond to local grain entrapments.
After receiving more than 1,800 nominations from 45 states in the annual Nominate Your Fire Department contest, a key component of Nationwide’s grain elevator safety campaign, the insurer and its partners have awarded rescue tubes and training to 58 fire departments, including the Maeystown Fire Department. .
NECAS, based in Peosta, Iowa, will provide rescue tubes and training to winning fire departments throughout 2022, traveling to each location with state-of-the-art grain trapping simulators and rescue tubes. technology.
Comprehensive training sessions include classroom training and rescue simulations using the trapping tools, which are loaded onto 20-foot trailers and capable of holding approximately 100 bushels of grain each.