Sask. fire de­part­ments get needed boost from farm safety as­so­ci­a­tion

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Farm News - BY COLLIN GAL­LANT

Fire de­part­ments in Leader, Es­ton and the area around Swift Cur­rent will soon have more re­sources to en­act grain res­cues thanks to a part­ner­ship be­tween a farm safety as­so­ci­a­tion and G3 grain mar­keters.

A to­tal of $100,000 will be spent to pro­vide train­ing and equip­ment to ru­ral firefighters in 10 lo­ca­tions in Saskatchewan to bet­ter re­spond when farm work­ers be­come en­trapped in grain. That in­cludes $75,000 from the Cana­dian Agri­cul­tural Safety As­so­ci­a­tion’s BeGrainSafe pro­gram, which warns pro­duc­ers about the dan­gers of be­com­ing over­come in grain bins.

G3 Canada Lim­ited has do­nated $25,000 to­ward the pur­chase of spe­cial­ized ex­trac­tion equip­ment, in­clud­ing a grain res­cue tube and por­ta­ble auger for de­part­ments.

The tube iso­lates the vic­tim from the bulk of the grain and the auger al­lows res­cuers to quickly move other grain away from the vic­tim.

“(It will) in­crease the prob­a­bil­ity of a vic­tim sur­viv­ing a grain en­trap­ment,” says Robert Gobeil, CASA’s Agri­cul­tural Health and Safety Spe­cial­ist. “Thanks to G3, this equip­ment will be avail­able in ar­eas through­out Saskatchewan.”

G3 CEO Don Chap­man said, “Safety is our No. 1 pri­or­ity at G3 both for our em­ploy­ees and the com­mu­ni­ties where we live and work.”

De­part­ments in Hum­boldt, Melville, Church­bridge, Caron­port, Este­van, Beechy and Ni­pawan are also set to re­ceive the equip­ment and train­ing.

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