Friday, January 15, 2016

Nominate Dorchester Fire Dept. For Grain Rescue Award

In conjunction with Grain Bin Safety Week (Feb. 21 – 27, 2016), Nationwide is teaming up with the  National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) to award first responders with grain bin rescue tubes and specialized grain rescue training to help save lives when farmers and other workers become entrapped in grain bins.

We are encouraging Dorchester Times readers to nominate the Dorchester Volunteer Fire Dept. and Rescue for this award.

Rural fire fighters are often the first and only line of defense when someone becomes helplessly trapped in a grain bin. Unfortunately, many fire departments lack the specialized rescue techniques and equipment necessary for a successful grain bin rescue.  

Each winning entry will be awarded:  
  • One (1) grain rescue tube, valued between $3,000 to $5,000
  • One (1) six-hour grain entrapment rescue training session, at winner’s location, valued at up to $5,000
The exact number of winners and prizes will not be known until the contest closes, and will depend upon the donations and generosity of our partners. Learn how you can partner with us to help save lives.

The contest begins on Jan 1, 2016 at 8 a.m. CT and ends May 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CT.   

To enter, fully describe how the department or emergency rescue team and rural community would benefit from grain entrapment training and rescue tube, and how they plan to share the tube and training with nearby departments. Include your name, occupation, phone number, mailing and email address, the name, address and phone number of the fire department or team.

Nationwide is accepting nominations from the general public. And fire fighters can nominate their own fire department.  You can submit your nomination in one of three ways: online, via email or by mail. 

Mail: NECAS, Grain Bin Safety Ag Contest, 8342 NICC Dr., Peosta, IA 52068

Limit one (1) entry per person, per email address and per household or department.  For more details, click here.

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