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December 1, 2020
On Tuesday, October 13, 2020, local first responders with Carter Fire District were awarded a grain rescue tube/auger system and specialized training from German American Insurance and Nationwide. Carter Fire District is one of 41 fire departments across the nation to receive these resources through the 2020 Nationwide campaign.
The resources will be used to help protect against grain entrapments, which result in dozens of deaths across rural America each year and spiked in 2019 and 2020 due to last season’s wet harvest. To help lead the fight against these accidents impacting agricultural communities, the country’s leading insurer of farms and ranches1, Nationwide, began its Grain Bin Safety campaign in 2014 to bring awareness to the hazards of entering grain structures and to equip fire departments with the resources needed to respond effectively.
Carter District Fire Chief, Dan Reinke, says “Receiving the grain bin rescue tube and training is a great learning experience for our department. This is one of those things that we hope to never use, yet will be very beneficial should the need arise.”
The grain rescue tube delivery and training, held at the Carter Fire District conducted by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), and included simulations of entrapments and rescues using a state-of-the-art grain entrapment simulator, which is loaded on a trailer and able to hold about 100 bushels of grain. “German American Insurance is proud to partner with Nationwide to provide these life-saving rescue resources to our rural communities,” states Tadd Ferguson, German American Insurance Commercial Lines/Agriculture Agent. “We feel it’s important to protect our farmers through education and awareness.”