June 2012: Life vests available to loan
- Updated on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 7:33 pm
Albany Fire Department loans life safety vests for local water recreation use at no charge. Vests are available now through Labor Day (September 3, 2012).
The vests are hung on a display board outside Albany Fire Station 11 at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Lyon Street, within walking distance of COOL! Swanson Park Action Center pool and several parks on the Willamette River.
Vests are available in adult and youth sizes and are checked out on an honor system with the expectation they will be promptly returned so that others may use them. Fire staff set the vests out each morning, take them in at night, and inspect them regularly.
The Fire Department has offered the loaned vests since 2006. No one has drowned in Albany since.
The program is made possible through the Albany Firefighters Community Assistance Fund (AFFCAF) and generous financial support from Takena Kiwanis.
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