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Rural Alberta fire departments get grain rescue equipment

Sturgeon County Emergency Services, which took BeGrainSafe training in August, is one of several rural fire departments being given grain rescue equipment.
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The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) in partnership with G3 is donating $25,000 worth of life-saving grain rescue equipment to several rural Alberta fire departments.

Select fire departments located near G3’s new grain elevators in the Carmangay, Irricana, Morinville, Stettler County, Wetaskiwin and Vermilion areas will be trained before receiving the rescue equipment. Sturgeon County Emergency Services, near G3 Morinville, received the BeGrainSafe training in August.

G3 is a supporter of the association’s BeGrainSafe program since 2016 and this marks the company’s second large donation of GSI RES-Q-TUBE and a Haul-ALL pencil auger from G3 to rural fire departments on the Prairies. In 2018, G3 donated grain rescue gear to 10 Saskatchewan fire departments as a part of its partnership with CASA. The grain rescue tube creates a barrier between the victim and the grain, while the auger helps rescuers quickly move the grain away.

With the donation of this equipment, these fire departments will now have the necessary tools to successfully and safely perform a rescue, said Robert Gobeil, agricultural health and safety specialist with CASA.

“Fire departments need the proper tools and training to successfully perform a grain rescue,” said Gobeil. “Thanks to G3, even more fire departments will be equipped with this rescue equipment.”

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