Members of the Kewanee Fire Protection District and the Kewanee Fire Department received training on Tuesday evening on how to use ‘The Great Wall’ a tool for rescuing people who become stuck in grain silos. On July 13, local first responders with the Kewanee Community Fire Protection District were awarded a grain rescue tube and specialized training from Nationwide and GROWMARK through Nationwide’s Grain Bin Safety advocacy campaign. The resources will be used to help protect against grain entrapments, which result in dozens of deaths across rural America each year including 20 deaths in 2020.
Every year, thousands of farmers and commercial grain handlers risk their lives by entering grain bins to remove clumped or rotted grain. As rural communities have come to know all too well, the risks of entering grain bins continue to be overlooked.
“It only takes seconds, or a simple mistake, for an adult to sink in the quicksand-like flow of grain and become fully entrapped or engulfed,” said Brad Liggett, Nationwide’s president of Agribusiness. “Adding to the risk is a lack of rescue equipment available to local fire departments and emergency responders who are called for help when a worker becomes trapped.”