Olds Fire Department Awarded Grain Rescue Equipment

February 25, 2021

The Town of Olds Fire Department is pleased to announce that they have been awarded grain rescue equipment from the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), in partnership with Corteva Agriscience Canada.
The department participated in BeGrainSafe (CASA’s grain safety program) in the summer of 2019. The BeGrainSafe training consists of one day of theory and a second day of practical training and evaluation, with an emphasis placed on fire fighters learning how to safely extract an individual trapped in grain, using a cofferdam and auger.
While training is key, a successful rescue could not happen without the proper equipment. CASA, in partnership with Corteva Agriscience, has provided Olds Fire Department with a GSI RES-Q-TUBE and a Haul-ALL pencil auger, both of which are essential in rescuing a grain entrapment victim. 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.
“The Olds Fire Department is extremely happy with the partnership of agencies such as Corteva, and CASA to provide vital training and equipment to assist in providing effective and vital service to the agricultural sector in our service area.”
Mayor Michael Muzychka and Councillor Al Kemmere voiced how extremely fortunate Mountain View County is to have this type of rescue equipment awarded to, and available in, our rural farming community.
The BeGrainSafe program emphasizes prevention and raises awareness on the dangers of grain, alongside preparing fire departments for grain rescues.
“Harm prevention through awareness has always been a top priority for CASA, and this is never more true than with grain entrapment. However, it is also important that fire departments are well trained and prepared with the proper equipment in the case of an incident,” says Robert Gobeil, CASA’s Agricultural Health and Safety Specialist. “Thanks to Corteva Agriscience, this life-saving equipment will be in the hands of those who need it.”
“We’re pleased that our support and partnership with CASA is making the Mountain View County community safer” says Kris Allen, Communications Leader, at Corteva Agriscience Canada. “Unexpected grain incidents can happen at any moment, so it’s important that local fire departments have access to life-saving grain safety training and rescue equipment.”

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For more information contact:
Justin Andrew
Director of Protective Services/Fire Chief
Town of Olds