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Courtesy photo Workers practice using grain trapping rescue equipment.

WILLIAMSBURG – The Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Department will be one of 58 departments across the country to receive grain rescue tubes and hands-on training to prepare firefighters to respond to local grain silo entrapments.

Equipment valued between $3,000 and $5,000 and the six-hour hands-on Grain Entrapment Rescue training session valued up to $5,000 are provided by Nationwide in partnership with the National Farm Safety Education Center, Nationwide spokeswoman Brittany Eippert said.

Williamsburg did not request the equipment; he was named by the community, said fire company captain Jon Isenberg.

“Members went to several businesses and farms in Williamsburg and gave them the information they needed to go online and name our fire company. It was also posted on our Facebook page,” said Isenberg.

Members of fire companies are happy to receive the equipment and training, as accidents in grain silos can often turn fatal.

“We have worked hard as a team to train in different areas of technical rescue and having this equipment to rescue those in a grain trap is just one more way for us to help ensure the safety of our community”, said Isenberg. “Our farmers mean everything to us. Without them, we wouldn’t put food on our tables.

“It is great that the community has supported us to get it, we are very excited about it. We have had grain rescues, it will make our work much easier if there is an event”, said fire chief and mayor Ted Hyle.

“We are proud to provide first responders with the training and resources needed to lead the fight against local grain traps,” said Brad Liggett, president of Agribusiness at Nationwide, in a statement. “Our mission was to end this industry problem by raising awareness of the dangers and providing the necessary equipment to frontline rescuers tasked with responding to accidents.”

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.

With 2,022 donations included, Nationwide and its partners provided these resources to 265 departments in 31 states. According to a news release, at least five fire departments have used their rescue tubes and training to successfully rescue trapped workers.

“It’s more important than ever to follow proper safety precautions when entering a trash can,” Liggett said. “Our goal is to continue these efforts until we can ensure that every rural fire department has access to these essential rescue resources.”

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 814-946-7467.



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