A sign of the times: Fire District No. 3 gets digital readerboard

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Grant County Fire District No. 3/courtesy photo Grant County Fire District No. 3’s new readerboard sign will convey messages to passersby.

QUINCY — Grant County Fire District No. 3 has a new way to communicate with the public, and it’s not smoke signals.

A new three-by-eight-foot full-color LED reader board installed in front of Station 31, located at 1201 Central Ave. in Quincy, will be beaming out messages to the 6,000 vehicles that pass by it daily, according to a press release.

The $31,000 reader board was paid for in full via a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the press release states.

The sign will primarily be used to help recruit volunteers, as is required by the grant. Like many understaffed, volunteer-run firefighting agencies in rural Washington, Grant County Fire District No. 3, which covers the rural areas surrounding Quincy, could greatly use additional volunteers, said GCFD No. 3 Chief Don Fortier.

“All the volunteer firefighter organizations in the county, they can all use some additional help,” Fortier said. “It’s a great way to help your neighbor. The community gives everyone so much, and it’s a great way to give back to it.”

The sign will also be used to promote some events, alert the public about community risks, celebrate the accomplishments of local firefighters, and push out emergency messages to drivers.

Emry Dinman can be reached via email at edinman@columbiabasinherald.com.

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