Friday, April 28, 2017

Lebanon Fire District Awarded $1.5M Seismic Rehabilitation Grant (Photo)


News Release from Lebanon Fire District
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2017 8:52 AM
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Lebanon Fire District Chief Gordon Sletmoe received word this week that his department has been selected to receive a $1,497,555 grant for seismic rehabilitation of the Lebanon Fire District's aging main station located at 1050 W. Oak Street.

The grant is from the state of Oregon competitive grant program that provides funding for the seismic rehabilitation of critical public buildings, particularly public schools and emergency services facilities. For emergency services facilities, the emphasis is on first responder buildings. This includes: hospital buildings with acute inpatient care facilities, fire stations, police stations, sheriff's offices, 9?1?1 centers and Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs).

Eligible activities for the grant include structural improvements, architecture and engineering expenses, and overall project management. Applications were evaluated by a statutorily designated grant committee, which represents the education sector, emergency services, local government and other state agencies. Scoring and ranking criteria was determined by the grant committee and included project readiness, scope of work, and the importance of the building in the community it serves.

Grant funds will be used to seismically stabilize the aging main fire station. Constructed in 1975, Station 31 has been renovated and added onto no fewer than five times over the past 42 years. The industry standard for a fire station's average lifespan is 40 years, and LFD has worked hard to maintain Station 31 so well and extend it's life, but with aging facilities comes upkeep and stability issues and this seismic grant will help to address some of those deficiencies.

What once housed a a small handful of firefighters running a few hundred calls per year in the 1970's is now bursting at the seams as the headquarters station for 24 firefighters, 10 student interns, the district's training division, fire & life safety division, and the administrative offices. In 2016 the Lebanon Fire District responded to 6,070 emergency calls for service, and there are no indications of that call volume slowing down as the city of Lebanon continues to rapidly grow.

For more information on this story contact Fire Chief Gordon Sletmoe at 541-451-1901.
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