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Nationwide awards 29 fire departments with life saving grain bin rescue tubes

Fifth annual Nominate Your Fire Department Contest winners announced

Des Moines, IA - Each year, tragedy strikes across rural America when lives are lost due to grain bin entrapments. To help lead the fight against these accidents, Nationwide, in partnership with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), has selected a record 29 fire departments as winners of the fifth annual Nominate Your Fire Department Contest. As recipients of the award, each department will be provided specialized bin rescue tubes and training courses.

Nationwide, the number one farm insurer in the United States1, created the Nominate Your Fire Department Contest, in accordance with Grain Bin Safety Week, after identifying a lack of specialized resources available to rural fire departments, who are often the only line of defense against bin entrapments. This year, more than 400 contest submissions were received and tubes were awarded to following fire departments:

1. Golden City Fire Department (Missouri)
2. Carthage Fire Department (Missouri)
3. Okeene Fire And Rescue (Oklahoma)
4. McPherson Fire Department (Kansas)
5. New Raymer/Stoneham Volunteer Fire Department (Colorado)
6. Toledo Fire Protection District (Illinois)
7. Stilesville Volunteer Fire Department (Indiana)
8. Albert Lea Fire & Rescue (Minnesota)
9. Hutchinson Fire Department (Minnesota)
10. Detroit Lakes Fire Department (Minnesota)
11. Langdon Fire Department (North Dakota)
12. Greater Carson Rural Fire Protection District (North Dakota)
13. Bridgewater Fire Department (South Dakota)
14. Creighton Volunteer Fire Department (Nebraska)
15. Kewaunee Fire Department (Wisconsin)
16. Wauzeka Fire and Rescue (Wisconsin)
17. St. Ansgar Fire Department (Iowa)
18. Livingston-Clifton Fire Department (Wisconsin)
19. Tampico Fire Department (Illinois)
20. Howard City Fire Department (Michigan)
21. Moorland Township Fire Department (Michigan)
22. Almont Fire Department (Michigan)
23. Middlefield Fire Department (Ohio)
24. Defiance Fire Department (Ohio)
25. Capon Valley Fire Company (West Virginia)
26. Funkstown Volunteer Fire Company Inc (Maryland)
27. Beaver County Technical Farm Rescue Team (Pennsylvania)
28. Westons Mills Fire District (New York)
29. Star Hose Fire Company No. 1 (Pennsylvania)

“This year, I’m happy to announce that we’ll be supplying rescue tubes to more fire departments than ever before,” said Brad Liggett, president of Nationwide Agribusiness. “Grain bin entrapments can devastate a family in a matter of seconds and we hope that this effort will help save lives that would otherwise be lost. Until we can convince all farmers to develop a zero-entry mentality, we will continue to make rescue resources as widely available as possible.”

Over the last 50 years, more than 900 cases of grain entrapments have been reported in the United States, and have resulted in a 62 percent fatality rate2. Since 2014, Nationwide’s annual safety contest has awarded rescue tubes and specialized training to 77 fire departments across 23 states. Nationwide provided tubes have been used to save the lives of two farmers in Kansas and Minnesota. The Nominate Your Fire Department Contest is supported by Nationwide and the following partners:

• The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety
• KC Supply
• Nationwide Land As Your Legacy
• Specialty Risk Insurance
• KFSA Insurance Agency
• David Larson Financial and Insurance Services, Inc.
• The Cornerstone Agency Inc.
• Liberty Rescue Systems
• Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
• Sietsema Farms Feeds
• Agri-Business Insurance Services
• The Scoular Company
• West Side Salvage
• NOHR Wortmann Engineering
• First Gabrielson Insurance Agency
• Oswald Crow Agency
• Hawkins Harrison Insurance
• Sump Saver
• Dysart Agency LLC
• Graham Insurance Agency
• Cornerstone Insurance Services
• Ravenna Feed & Grain
• Reeder Insurance
• Valley View Milling

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[1] Source: 2016 SNL Financial Report. Based on statutory data.

[2] Source: Research from Purdue University