The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) in collaboration with Corteva Agriscience Canada will equip rural fire departments with the training and equipment needed for grain entrapment rescues.
CASA’s grain safety program, BeGrainSafe, is designed to save lives and is generously supported by sponsors like Corteva. This support has helped to build the BeGrainSafe mobile demonstration unit, develop BeGrainSafe resources, raise awareness on grain hazards, and train firefighters on grain entrapment rescue and now supply these fire departments with much-needed rescue equipment.
Corteva’s support will purchase a GSI RES-Q Tube and a Haul All pencil auger for eligible rural fire departments that have taken part in BeGrainSafe training. The grain rescue tube and portable auger are essential in rescuing a person trapped in grain. When used in combination, the grain rescue tube creates a barrier between the victim and the grain while the auger helps rescuers quickly move the grain away from the potential victim.
“Having a grain rescue tube and a portable auger available to fire departments trained in grain extrication greatly increases the probability of a victim surviving a grain entrapment,” says Robert Gobeil, CASA’s agricultural health and safety specialist. “Thanks to Corteva Agriscience Canada, life-saving equipment will be in the hands of those who need it.”
“Handling grain is an everyday occurrence in the agriculture industry, meaning unexpected grain incidents can happen at any moment,” says Kris Allen, communications leader, at Corteva Agriscience Canada. “We’re proud to work with CASA on this important initiative that equips rural fire departments with the tools they need to keep Canadian growers and their families safe.”