Farmers win grain rescue tubes for local fire departments

Ray Kneifl (third from left), along with representatives from NeCGA, NCB, DuPont Pioneer and GSI, present the grain rescue tube to members of the Newcastle Volunteer Fire Department.

Ray Kneifl (third from left), along with representatives from NeCGA, NCB, DuPont Pioneer and GSI, present the grain rescue tube to members of the Newcastle Volunteer Fire Department.

CEDAR RAPIDS & NEWCASTLE, Neb.— Local fire departments in two Nebraska communities are now better equipped to help grain engulfment victims thanks to two local farmers and the significant contributions from DuPont Pioneer and GSI, Inc.

Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) and Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) proudly announced last week that Bob Ziemba of Cedar Rapids, Neb. and Ray Kneifl of Newcastle, Neb. won grain rescue tubes on behalf of their local fire department in a giveaway at the recent Husker Harvest Days event. To honor these fortunate recipients, representatives from NeCGA, NCB, DuPont Pioneer and GSI traveled to the northeastern part of Nebraska to present the grain rescue tubes to the Cedar Rapids and Newcastle Volunteer Fire Departments.

“We hope these fire departments never have to use the grain rescue tubes,” said Joel Grams, farmer from Minden, Neb. and president of NeCGA. “But in the case that a grain engulfment incident does occur, our goal is to have the emergency personnel armed with the proper tools they would need to save a life.”
Nebraska Corn has worked in partnership with GSI and DuPont Pioneer over the last two years to raise awareness of the risks that grain bins can pose on the farm and provide emergency responders with equipment and training that will provide a functional benefit in a grain rescue situation.

“Safety is one of the DuPont Core Values, and we’re happy to work in partnership with these organizations to provide this imperative rescue equipment,” said Mat Habrock, Communications Manager for the DuPont Pioneer Western Business Unit.

One goal of the Nebraska corn organizations is to help fire departments across the state receive rescue tubes, as well as support training in the event that someone working in or around grain becomes engulfed. Rescue tubes are an important tool for emergency rescue personnel to have on-hand in the case of an emergency. The chances of survival 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.

The Nebraska Corn Board is a self-help program, funded and managed by Nebraska corn farmers. Producers invest in the program at a rate of 1/2 of a cent per bushel of corn sold. Nebraska corn checkoff funds are invested in programs of market development, research and education.
The Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) is a grassroots commodity organization that works to enhance the profitability of corn producers. NeCGA has more than 2,500 dues paying members in Nebraska. NeCGA is affiliated with the National Corn Growers Association, which has more than 42,000 dues paying members nationwide.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Pictures of the presentations are available.
Cedar Rapid’s Photo (click here) Tagline: Bob Ziemba (second from right), along with representatives from NeCGA, NCB, DuPont Pioneer and GSI, present the grain rescue tube to members of the Cedar Rapid Volunteer Fire Department.
Newcastle’s Photo (click here)  Tagline: Ray Kneifl (third from left), along with representatives from NeCGA, NCB, DuPont Pioneer and GSI, present the grain rescue tube to members of the Newcastle Volunteer Fire Department.

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