Deaths from being trapped in a grain bin remain a regular occurrence on Canadian farms. A Canadian Agricultural Safety Association report on farm fatalities says 19 died from asphyxia in grain or soil between 1990 and 2008.
If someone is trapped in grain, rescue before they become a fatality requires special equipment. In March, 2013 DuPont Pioneer donated $8,500 to the Howick, Ontario Township Fire Department to help fund an agricultural rescue program. The fire department purchased equipment for and has trained eight firefighters in rope rescue techniques including confined space and high-angle rescue.
On July 13, the Howick Fire Department held a demonstration of the equipment. Bruce Sargent attended and filed this video report for AgCanada TV.
DuPont Pioneer says that will invest $100,000 in rural safety across Canada over the next year to provide similar rescue equipment and training for rural fire departments and emergency services.