Grant allows employ of wildland firefighting apparatus

The Lebanon Fire District was one of the many departments across the state to receive a grant for $35,000 from the Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal for increased fire protection during the summer. Due to the high forecasted temperatures this week, LFD will begin staffing Brush 31 (B31), a wildland firefighting apparatus, during peak daytime hours starting today, July 25, 2022.

While B31 is in service, it will be patrolling the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) portions of the district and conducting home ignition zone structure assessments. WUI is defined as the zone where structures and other human development meet or intermingle with undeveloped wildland or vegetative fuels (US Fire Administration). A good portion of our district falls into this category, such as the neighborhoods of Waterloo, Sodaville, and Lacomb. These home assessments will include mitigation recommendations for any vulnerabilities that are discovered and will be provided to homeowners at no cost.

While conducting these home safety assessments, B31 will also be operationally ready to respond to any fires or other emergencies that may occur. We would like to thank the OSFM for providing these safety grants and helping keep Lebanon residents as safe as possible from any wildland fire risk.

For more information about the home ignition zone structure assessments, contact the LFD business office at (541) 451-1901.