The Siletz Valley Fire District has received a federal fire prevention and safety grant to help demonstrate why residential and business fire sprinklers are well worth the investment. Especially in rural fire protection districts where fire department response times can be much longer than in urban areas.
Siletz Valley Fire Chief Dave Lapof says the demonstration platform, mounted on a trailer, will be able to demonstrate what happens when a non-sprinklered room catches fire versus what happens when a sprinklered room catches fire. The difference is stunning.
Chief Lapof also says the grant will also pay for the construction of a bright LED Reader Board on Siletz’s main drag, Gaither/Highway 229, to flash fire prevention tips and other life safety messages to the public. It will also be used to recruit more volunteer firefighters for the Siletz Valley Fire Department.
Both projects are expected to be ready for use by early October, according to Chief Lapof.
For more information on Residential Fire Sprinklers or becoming a Volunteer Firefighter contact the Siletz Fire District at 541-444-2043.