Winnipeg, MB, June 3, 2021 – The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is pleased to celebrate Alberta Wheat Commission’s generous support of the BeGrainSafe program for the sixth consecutive year.

The BeGrainSafe program works to raise awareness about the dangers of grain entrapment to Canadian communities. This work is done through the BeGrainSafe.ca website, and when possible, through in-person events. Another essential component of the BeGrainSafe program is training. The Firefighter Grain Rescue Training Course prepares firefighters to respond to a grain entrapment incident on-farm or at a grain handling facility.

The Alberta Wheat Commission, now in its sixth year of sponsoring the BeGrainSafe program, has been an integral supporter of the overall program. With their support, CASA has been able to offer awareness and training to Alberta communities. In March of 2021, this generosity has supported firefighter training in the communities of Wetaskiwin, the County of Camrose, Magrath and Cypress County, with over 85 firefighters receiving this life-saving training.

“Alberta Wheat Commission’s support has been essential to the BeGrainSafe program,” says Andrea Lear, CASA’s Chief Executive Officer. “This support means more firefighters are trained, more communities are protected and more Canadians are made aware of the dangers of moving grain.”

The BeGrainSafe mobile demonstration and training unit will return to Alberta in the summer of 2021 to continue to provide firefighter training.

“Protecting farmers and farm families is paramount for the Alberta Wheat Commission,” says Todd Hames, Alberta Wheat Commission Chair. “We are proud to be a long-standing supporter of this important initiative that ensures farmers and their employees have access to grain entrapment safety resources.”

For more information about BeGrainSafe, including firefighter training, please visit casa-acsa.ca/begrainsafe or contact CASA at 877-452-2272 or info@casa-acsa.ca.

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and safety of farmers, their families and agricultural workers. CASA is funded in part through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal, provincial and territorial initiative and receives additional support from the agricultural and corporate sectors. For more information, visit www.casa-acsa.ca, find us on Facebook or LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter @planfarmsafety.

The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) is a farmer-led organization that represents the interests of and serves as the single voice for all of Alberta’s wheat farmers. strives to increase the long-term economic sustainability of Alberta wheat farmers through innovative research, market development, policy advocacy, farm business management, agronomy and extension.

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Media Contacts:

Robin Anderson
Communications Coordinator CASA/ACSA
877-452-2272 / randerson@casa-acsa.ca

Erin Tateson
Interim Communications Manager
Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions403-219-7902 / etateson@albertawheatbarley.com