Nominate your fire department to win a grain bin rescue tube

Rural fire fighters are often the first and only line of defense when someone becomes helplessly trapped in grain. Unfortunately, many fire departments lack the specialized rescue techniques and equipment necessary for a successful grain bin rescue.

In conjunction with Grain Bin Safety Week (Feb. 17-23, 2019), Nationwide is teaming up with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), KC Supply and others to award emergency first responders with grain rescue tubes and hands-on rescue training to help save lives. 

What you can win

Winning entries will be awarded:  

  • One (1) grain rescue tube, valued between $3,000 to $5,000
  • One (1) six-hour grain entrapment rescue training session, at winner’s location, valued at up to $5,000

Winners and prizes are made possible by the generosity of our partners. Learn how you can partner with us to help save lives.

Contest begins January 1, 2019

The contest begins on January 1, 2019 at 8 a.m. CT and extends through April 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Only entries submitted during this time will be considered for the contest.

To enter, describe how your local fire department or emergency rescue team and community would benefit from grain entrapment training and a rescue tube, and how the tube and training could be shared with nearby departments. Please include:

  • Your name
  • Occupation
  • Phone number
  • Mailing address
  • Email address and
  • Name, address and phone number of the fire department or rescue team nomination

Nominations are accepted from the general public as well as from fire fighters who wish to nominate their own fire department. Employees and agents of Nationwide are not eligible to submit nominations for the contest.   

Submit your entry:

  • Online
  • Via email: agcontest@nicc.edu or 
  • Mail to: NECAS, Grain Bin Safety Week Contest, 8342 NICC Dr., Peosta, IA 52068

Limit one (1) entry per person, per email address and per household or department.

Abbreviated rules

No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Open to legal residents of the contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. Void where prohibited. Enter Contest by: 4/30/19. Contest ends: 4/30/19. See Official Rules and prize descriptions.

Sponsor: Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, 1100 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50391.

Contest history

2019 will mark the 6th year of Grain Bin Safety Week and the Nominate Your Fire Department Contest. Since 2014, the contest has received nearly 2,500 nominations and has awarded grain rescue tubes and hands-on rescue training to 77 fire departments across 24 states. Two of the tubes have been used to save the lives of two farmers.

Dan Neenan, director of NECAS, travels with a state-of-the-art grain entrapment simulator and rescue tube to the winning locations to conduct the training session. Loaded on a 20-foot trailer and able to hold approximately 100 bushels of grain, the simulator is the perfect training ground1.

As part of this year’s events, Dan visited the Des Moines campus with his entrapment simulator for a staged entrapment with local media:

1Alternate training organizations utilizing similar training methods may be used. 

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