Cedar Rapids, Newcastle farmers win grain rescue tubes for local fire department

Hundreds of Nebraska farmers selflessly signed up their local fire departments to win a grain rescue tube during the recent Husker Harvest Days event. The Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) and Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) are proud to announce that two Nebraska farmers’ names were drawn this week to win a rescue tube for each of their local fire departments.
Bob Ziemba, Cedar Rapids, won a grain rescue tube for the Cedar Rapids Fire Department. Ray Kneifl, Newcastle, won a grain rescue tube for the Newcastle Fire Department. Tubes are being donated thanks to a partnership with GSI, Inc. and DuPont Pioneer.

Rescue tubes are an important tool for emergency rescue personnel to have on-hand in the case of an emergency. The goal of Nebraska Corn is to help fire departments across the state receive rescue tubes, as well as help them obtain training in the event that someone working in or around grain becomes engulfed. The chances of survival for that person are greatly increased if there is a grain rescue tube available to fire departments nearby. These efforts echo Nebraska Corn’s “Take a Second for Safety” theme at Husker Harvest Days and other events this year.

Media are invited to attend events on Wednesday, October 1st in Cedar Rapids and Newcastle where Ziemba and Kneifl, respectively, will help present the grain rescue tubes to their local fire departments. Schedule will be as follows:
• 10:30 am at Cedar Rapids Volunteer Fire Department (W Main & 2nd Streets)
• 3:00 pm at Newcastle Volunteer Fire Department (205 Mary Street)

Individuals involved in this project who will be in attendance include:
• Emily Thornburg, NeCGA
• Mat Habrock, DuPont Pioneer
• Jerad Hutchens, GSI, Inc.
• Bob Ziemba (Cedar Rapids event only)
• Ray Kneifl (Newcastle event only)
• Local Fire Department Fire Chiefs & Fire Members
• State Fire Marshal members
• Corn Grower and Corn Board representatives

For other event details, questions or to set up interviews, please contact Emily Thornburg at 402.759.1622 or at ethornburg@necga.org.

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