Area firefighters take specialized grain rescue training course

Published on Tuesday, 21 June 2022 07:51

Recently, fire departments from the Riding Mountain Mutual Aid District attended a BeGrainSafe, Grain Rescue training session in Gilbert Plains.

These departments included members from Gilbert Plains, Dauphin, Roblin, Laurier, Ste. Rose, Ochre River, Ethelbert and Winnipegosis.

The course was provided by CASA (Canadian Agricultural Safety Association).

Grain entrapment is extremely dangerous for the victim and the rescuers. Training and necessary equipment make a successful rescue happen.

CASA, in partnership with Manitoba Canola, has provided our district with training and equipment. The BeGrainSafe training consists of online theory, a day of practical training and evaluation, with an emphasis placed on firefighters learning how to extract a person trapped in grain safely, using a cofferdam and auger.

A GSI RES-Q-TUBE and a Haul-All pencil auger are used, both of which are essential in rescuing a grain entrapment victim. When used in combination, the grain rescue tube creates a barrier between the victim and the grain while the auger helps rescuers quickly move the grain away from the victim.

“On behalf of canola farmers across Manitoba we would like to thank local firefighters like those from Riding Mountain Mutual Aid District for taking this potentially life-saving training.” said Corina Lepp, Grower Engagement and Extension manager with the Manitoba Canola Growers. “We are proud to sponsor the BeGrainSafe rescue training program that enables rural fire departments the ability to access this life-saving training.”

The BeGrainSafe program emphasizes prevention and raises awareness on the dangers of grain, alongside preparing fire departments for grain rescues, whether it is a grain entrapment incident on-farm or at a grain handling facility.

“Harm prevention through awareness has always been a top priority for CASA, and this is never more true than with grain entrapment. However, it’s also important that fire departments are well trained and prepared with the proper equipment in the case of an incident,” said Robert Gobeil, CASA’s Agricultural Health and Safety specialist.

On behalf of the mutual aid district, we would like to send a thank you to Manitoba Canola Growers and Corina Lepp for sponsoring the training, and Lori Derksen, director of Development with CASA, for helping with the sponsorship.

Thank you for Rob Gobeil, agriculture health and safety specialist for organizing the training, and to the instructor Tyrone Mogenson, from Melville Sask., who came out to provide the training to our departments.

Thank you to Murray Stoughton for providing the grain, and Vern Ellis and Lyle Gouldsborough for providing the training site and bin sheets.

Also, thank you to Jim Musey and Katelynn Musey for organizing the course, and bringing it to the mutual aid district.

More information about BeGrainSafe can be found at or by contacting CASA at 877-452-2272.

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