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Enter your fire department to win grain bin rescue equipment

When farmers become trapped in grain bins and other storage facilities, the ending is usually not a happy one. According to Purdue University researchers, more than 900 cases of grain engulfment have been reported over the past 50 years with a fatality rate of 62%. Cases spiked in 2019 and 2020 because of wet conditions at harvest time.

With the proper equipment and training, however, fire departments and other first responders can increase the odds of a successful rescue. For the eighth year in a row, Nationwide is awarding grain rescue tubes and specialized hands-on training to first responders. Since the contest's inception, 152 fire departments in 29 states have been awarded tubes and training, and four people have been saved thanks to the program.

The contest is held in conjunction with Grain Bin Safety Week, which runs February 21 to 27, 2021. Nominations are now being accepted and are due April 30. They must include a description of how the fire department or emergency response team and the rural community would benefit from the tube and training, and how they would share the resources with nearby fire departments. To learn more or to nominate your local fire department, visit

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