Orange City Fire Department Among 16 Iowa Departments Receiving Grant For Grain Tubes From Pioneer

Date posted - July 27, 2013

grain rescue tubeOrange City, Iowa — Bins loaded with grain can swallow and suffocate a person in a matter of seconds but now the Orange City Fire Department is among 16 rural Iowa fire departments that will be better able to respond to such accidents. Amanda Rinehart, spokeswoman for Dupont Pioneer, says the Johnston-based seed giant is doling out 70-thousand dollars in grants for the purchase of grain bin rescue gear.

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(As above) Rinehart says, “Dupont Pioneer has awarded grants to these 16 fire departments across Iowa for them to purchase a grain engulfment rescue tube and all of the harnesses and equipment that they would need to utilize that.”

At least two Iowans have gotten trapped in grain bins in recent weeks and one of the incidents — in the Webster County town of Dayton — resulted in death. Rinehart says the life-saving rescue tubes can be quickly deployed.

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(As above) “It’s a big steel tube that comes in sections that you insert around the person that is trapped in the grain,” Rinehart says. “It helps take some of the weight and pressure off of them and move some of the grain away so that the fire department and EMTs can do the work they need to do to get that person released.”

There have been at least 26 grain bin deaths in Iowa between 2000 and 2010. One report says it only takes five seconds to sink waist-deep in grain, 11 seconds to be buried. The Iowa fire departments getting the grants are in: Alburnett, Algona, Bennett, Dallas Center, Harlan, Humeston, Lewis, Malvern, Mount Pleasant, Orange City, Riceville, Richland, Salem, Toledo, West Liberty and Williamsburg.

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2 Responses to “Orange City Fire Department Among 16 Iowa Departments Receiving Grant For Grain Tubes From Pioneer”

  1. LeRoy says:

    Is there an application process to additional counties? Does the fire departments file for this?

    • scottv says:

      I talked to someone at Pioneer corporate. The answer is that the process is over for 2013, but it looks like there might be some more grants available in 2014. All they need to do is contact their local DuPont Pioneer rep — anyone from a salesperson to someone at a DuPont Pioneer facility. All should have the information or should be able to point them in the right direction. It is an online application, but it’s not available again until the next time.

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