G3 is helping train and equip rural Ontario fire departments for grain entrapment rescues through sponsorship of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) BeGrainSafe program
This month, G3 is funding training and donating specialized grain rescue equipment to the Georgina Fire and Rescue Service. Georgina is one of many southern Ontario farming communities served by G3’s grain terminal in Hamilton.
Ron Jenkins, Georgina Fire and Rescue Services chief, says preparing firefighters with more experience in responding to these types of rescues enables them to better assist the rural community.
“Firefighters will be receiving hands-on training thanks to the generous donation provided by CASA and G3,” he says.
A total of 40 full-time and 36 volunteer firefighters in Georgina are being trained in awareness of the dangers of grain and rescuing a grain-trapped victim.
The BeGrainSafe training consists of a two-hour online theory, and a second day of practical training and evaluation, with an emphasis placed on firefighters learning how to extract a person trapped in grain safely, using the specialized equipment donated by G3.