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Grain Bin Rescue Equipment Provided to Iowa Fire Departments

Across the Midwest, bins of harvested grain are a sign of a bountiful and successful harvest. However, those same grain bins can also pose a significant safety risk to farmers and farm workers. According to Purdue University, the trend for grain bin-related incidents has been on the increase for the past ten years, unlike the declining trend for many other types of farm-related injuries.

After a record of more than 50 reported grain entrapments in 2010, reported incidents have declined in 2011 and 2012, which is a trend that DuPont Pioneer and many others would like to see continue.

As part of Pioneer's community betterment program, Pioneer awarded more than over $70,000 in grants in 2013 to Iowa communities for the purchase of grain bin rescue equipment. Fire departments in Alburnett, Algona, Bennett, Dallas Center, Hamburg, Harlan, Humeston, Lewis, Malvern, Mt Pleasant, Orange City, Riceville, Richland, Salem, Toledo, West Liberty and Williamsburg received grants. Equipment will be used by fire departments and first responders in these 17 communities and surrounding areas to educate farmers about the risks of grain handling and to help responders prepare for emergency situations.

"Safety is one of the DuPont Core Values, and we're pleased to work with local fire departments across Iowa to provide this important, and sometimes life-saving, equipment," said Bart Baudler, business director for DuPont Pioneer in Iowa. "Grain bins pose a significant safety risk on the farm, and we hope this equipment not only provides a functional use, but also increases awareness of these risks and leads people to think before entering."

Iowa community fire departments and EMTs were eligible to apply for the grants through their local Pioneer sales representatives.

"Thank you to Pioneer for not only the rescue equipment, but for helping us raise awareness of safety measures on the farm," said Greg Watsabaugh, fire chief for the Humeston fire department. "We're working with 13 fire departments in our area on training to effectively and efficiently use this equipment if needed."

A Harvest Public Media report highlights the importance of grain rescue equipment and training for first responders. Read or listen to the report here.

The Pioneer Community Giving program provides grants to communities where our employees and customers live and work, with each grant focused on that community's specific need. For more information about the Giving Program, visit www.pioneer.com, or contact your local Pioneer sales professional for grant information.