Dan Neenan, director of the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) at Northeast Iowa Community College’s (NICC) Peosta campus, has received the 2016 I-CASH Hall of Fame Award. I-CASH created the Hall of Fame Award in 2002 to recognize individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to agricultural safety and health in Iowa.
A trained first responder, Neenan serves as a paramedic specialist and firefighter II with the Epworth and Centralia/Peosta Iowa Fire Department. He serves on the Iowa EMS and I-CASH advisory boards, chairs the Iowa Community College Fire Program Manager task force, is treasurer of the Dubuque County EMS Association and has served on the Progressive Ag Foundation Board. In 2012, Neenan received an MBA from the University of Dubuque.
Neenan has conducted numerous education programs on-site at NECAS, across Iowa and the U.S. His training programs are sought nationally and have brought him to 30 U.S. states. One of his most recent efforts is related to grain bin safety, which is supported by OSHA and other resources.
The NECAS director has also designed and constructed mobile confined space demonstrations related to manure pit safety that have been extremely effective for training first responders, farmers, and employees about the hazards, prevention strategies, and rescue methods involved in confined spaces.
I-CASH is a state funded center, collaboratively managed by the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The center is based at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.