Ten Saskatchewan fire departments are now equipped with grain rescue equipment that’s vital to rural farming areas after G3 Canada bought and donated grain rescue tubes as part of the BeGrainSafe program. The GSI RES-Q-TUBE and a Haul-ALL auger are essential in rescuing a person who has been trapped in a grain bin, according to he Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA).
The grain rescue tube creates a barrier between the victim and the rest of the grain and the auger allows rescuers to quickly move grain away from the victim, CASA says.
The 10 fire departments who received the safety equipment include: Leader and District Fire Department, Humboldt Fire Department, Melville Fire and Rescue, Churchbridge Fire Rescue, Eston Volunteer Fire Department, Caronport Fire and Rescue, RM of Swift Current Fire, City of Estevan Fire Rescue Services, Beechy and District Fire Hall and the Nipawan Fire Department.
BeGrainSafe, CASA’s grain safety program, helps raise awareness of grain hazards, and helps train firefighters on grain entrapment rescues among other initiatives.
“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.
The ten fire departments will receive this equipment after the completion of the BeGrainSafe Firefighter Grain Rescue Training course.