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New LED signs at fire stations

Sonoma Valley fire departments have added LED signs at five stations across the Valley, which will allow firefighters to update information on the sign remotely, according to the Sonoma Valley Fire District.

The new signs will provide information about Red Flag warnings, Public Safety Power Shutoffs, evacuation information during emergencies and other information valuable to the safety of the public, a March 2 press release from the fire district said.

β€œThe signage can be controlled remotely and can be linked to alerting applications already in use and will continue to work in the event of power outages being supported by the fire stations emergency generators,” the press release said.

The plan to build the monument-like signs was orchestrated by Robert Molesworth, an employee with both the Sonoma Valley and Kenwood fire districts, who sought funding through grants and donations. PG&E awarded a $5,000 grant, Parsons Lumber & Hardware donated all the wiring for the signs and 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin and the Board of Supervisors allocated funding for two signs per fiscal year -- starting with Sonoma Valley stations 3 and 5.

The fire district realized the importance of providing accurate, up-to-date information during the evacuation of the valley during the 2017 Tubbs Fire, the press release said, and these signs will serve the public in the event of any future evacuation.

Contact Chase Hunter at chase.hunter@sonomanews.com and follow @Chase_HunterB on Twitter.

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