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SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE RECEIVES ANOTHER GRANT TO KEEP THEIR FIRE DISTRICT SAFE


11/04/21
               

For Immediate Release:

November 4, 2021

Contact:

Julie Happy

Community Affairs Manager

Spokane Valley Fire Department

509.892.4155

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SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE RECEIVES ANOTHER GRANT TO KEEP THEIR FIRE DISTRICT SAFE

STATE FARM GIVES SVFD DISCRETIONARY COMMUNITY GRANT

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State Farm Grant Presentation

 

Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) received the State Farm Discretionary Community Grant to help keep their Fire District even more safe this year.  The grant comes in the amount of $5,000 and will help to cover Home Fire Safety Visits and smoke alarm installations.

“Something that was instrumental in the amount approval is the fact that costs have gone up for smoke alarms,” said SVFD Fire Marshal, Greg Rogers.  “Everything is getting more expensive due to supply channel situations and other issues.  State Farm was able to step in to help cover the cost of those price increases so SVFD could help meet the current fire safety needs of the community.”

State Farm® supports the communities where they live and work through Good Neighbor Citizenship® company grants and the State Farm Companies Foundation.

State Farm makes it their business to be a good neighbor. To support the communities where they live and work, they focus on giving in three areas: safety, community development, and education.

Safety Grant funding is directed toward:

  • Auto and roadway safety.
  • Teen driver education.
  • Home safety and fire prevention.
  • Disaster preparedness.
  • Disaster recovery.

SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES

  • Most fatal home fires happen at night, and the smell of smoke won’t always wake you up. In fact, smoke and poisonous gases can put you into a deeper sleep. Home smoke alarms can wake you up in time to escape.
  • Bi-annual smoke alarm blitz: To make homes in our community safer, volunteer crews will conduct door-to-door evaluation of homes and install smoke alarms for approximately 4 hours.
  • The primary objective of the blitz is to reduce risk in the community. Data shows that nearly 60 percent of all home fire fatalities occur in residences without working smoke alarms.  The goal of the SVFD is to prevent residents in these neighborhoods from becoming part of that statistic. This blitz is a great opportunity to significantly improve fire and life safety for so many residents in just a few short hours!
  • Over 4000 smoke alarms have been installed throughout the district since 2016. Through these efforts 3 homes were saved, and more importantly 11 lives were saved!

  

About Spokane Valley Fire Department
The Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) serves a population of 125,000+ over 75-square miles, including the cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake and Millwood, as well as surrounding unincorporated areas. In 2020, our cross-trained Firefighter/EMTs and Firefighter/Paramedics responded to more than 18,700 emergency calls.

Established in 1940, SVFD is committed to pursuing excellence and is distinguished as an accredited agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), and by SVFD’s Class 2 fire insurance rating from the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau

Connect with SVFD at: spokanevalleyfire.com. For department news, safety information, and timely updates, find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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