Vulcan County Received Grain and Equipment Rescue Training

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Vulcan County Emergency Services received grain rescue training and equipment from the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), in partnership with Corteva Agriscience Canada.

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The Vulcan County Fire Department participated in BeGrainSafe, CASA’s grain safety program, last fall.

CASA, in partnership with Corteva Agriscience, provided Vulcan County Emergency Services with training and equipment. The BeGrainSafe training consists of a day of theory and a second day of practical training and evaluation, with an emphasis on firefighters learning how to extract a person trapped in grain safely, using a cofferdam and an auger.

Both a RES-Q-TUBE GSI and a Haul-ALL pencil auger are essential for rescuing a victim 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 victim.

“Vulcan County Emergency Services would like to take this opportunity to thank CASA and CASA Instructor Tom Littlechild for hosting an excellent training event,” said Douglas Headrick, County Protective Services Director. Vulcan. “We would like to thank Corteva Agriscience in partnership with CASA for recognizing the need to train first responders in grain rescue techniques and not only covering the cost of the training but also donating to emergency services of Vulcan County Grain Rescue Equipment.

“This equipment will be commissioned at Station 21 Carmangay and will be deployed throughout Vulcan County as needed.”

The BeGrainSafe program emphasizes grain hazard prevention and awareness, while preparing fire departments for grain rescues.

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“Preventing damage through awareness has always been a top priority for CASA, and never is that more true than with grain trapping. However, it is also important that the fire departments are well trained and prepared with the appropriate equipment in the event of an incident,” explains Robert Gobeil, CASA agricultural health and safety specialist. “Thanks to Corteva Agriscience, this vital equipment will be in the hands of those who need it.”

“We are thrilled that our support and partnership with CASA is making Vulcan County safer,” said Kris Allen, communications manager for Corteva Agriscience Canada. “Unexpected grain incidents can happen at any time, so it is important that local fire departments have access to grain safety rescue and rescue training and equipment.

For more information on BeGrainSafe, including firefighter training, visit casa-acsa.ca/grain or contact CASA at 877-452-2272 or [email protected]

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