JUNCTION CITY, Ore. – The Junction City Police Department had fire suppression devices installed in all fourteen of their patrol cars to help keep officers and canines safe.
The fire suppression system is temperature sensitive. Once it reaches 350 degrees, it's activated.
The device is made by a Florida based company called Proteng.
The President of the company, Dusan Maly, said he originally created the system for race cars, but said they can be used in any vehicle.
Maly said this is the first time this system was installed in any patrol car in the country.
He created this system to keep people, and pets safe.
“There is a lot of fires and many times, it's people sleeping inside or keeping their pets inside and all that stuff,” Maly said. ”In our industry, it's very much about protection of people or animals."
These are installed in fourteen Junction City patrol cars, which Maly said would costs about $8,000.
Junction City Police Chief Robert Morris said the department has never experienced a vehicle fire, but said it can happen if there's an electrical failure or a crash.
Morris said the fire suppression systems were donated to the police department by Proteng.
He discovered this system on Saturday and hours later, he said he made the decision to get them installed.
"I can assure you every patrol car from this point forward in Junction City will deploy this fire protection system for the safety of our officers.” Morris said.
Morris said he hopes more police departments across the state of Oregon and the U.S. look into installing these types of devices.
To learn more about the system and the company, you can head to Proteng’s website.