District 3 Awarded Funds for Life Jacket Loaner Program

For Immediate Release                                             Contact: Ashley Lara 541-274-9307

Date: September 29, 2015


District 3 Awarded Funds for Life Jacket Loaner Program

Fire District 3 and Jackson County Parks have been awarded $2500 from the Oregon State Marine Board “Let’s Go Boating” Assistance Program. The grant will assist in building two life jacket loaner stations in Jackson County. The objective of the grant is to reduce accidents and enhance boating safety.

Every parent wants to keep their children as safe as possible, this is even more vital when taking children in or near water. The state life jacket loaner program that began in 2006 can make this task even easier on parents. There are over 50 recreation sites in Oregon that lend life jackets out for the day or weekend to families in need.

Jackson County has tragically experienced a number of drowning fatalities this year. The State has also seen an influx in drowning deaths in the past 10 months. The “Let’s Go Boating” grant is an excellent opportunity to educate boaters on the importance of wearing a proper fitting life jacket while boating. This also allows families to continue their weekend in the event of a member forgetting their life jacket at home. Lastly, and maybe the most important, the program stresses the importance of keeping kids safe and properly outfitted with a life jacket.

The lifejacket loaner stations will be located at Jackson County Fire District 4 (Shady Cove Fire Station) and Agate Lake Recreation Area. The stations will be equipped with information and a variety of life jacket sizes ranging from youth to adult. The stations will begin construction by the end of the year and ready for use in the spring of 2016.

To learn more about the “Let’s Go Boating” program, please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/osmb/boated/Pages/edgrants.aspx.