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Bureau of Land Management offers partners wildland fire equipment (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 02/29/24 9:48 AM
Bureau of Land Management employees transfer the pictured water tender to the Wheeler County Rangeland Fire Protection Association in 2022.
Bureau of Land Management employees transfer the pictured water tender to the Wheeler County Rangeland Fire Protection Association in 2022.
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Portland, Ore. — The Bureau of Land Management’s Rural Fire Readiness program is dedicated to enhancing the firefighting capabilities of wildland firefighting partners. Through the program, the BLM can provide training and equipment, including supplies and communication devices.


BLM fire managers are announcing the opening of a 30-day application period for wildland fire equipment under the RFR program in Oregon and Washington. 


The RFR program provides a streamlined process for local cooperators to request and receive excess BLM firefighting equipment to better protect communities, natural resources, and critical infrastructure.


“We value our important partnerships with rural fire protection districts and rangeland fire protection associations,” said Jeff Fedrizzi, BLM Oregon-Washington State Fire Management Officer. “This program helps us all work better together in our collective interest of public safety.”


The equipment the BLM transfers to local firefighting partners, including supplies and radios, is ready to use. Wildland fire engines are transferred with items like hoses, fittings, tools, and radios to ensure immediate use by cooperators.


The BLM is accepting applications for 2024 from rural fire protection districts and rangeland fire protection associations for available vehicles, fire engines, equipment, and supplies. Cooperators who submitted a request in 2023 and would still like to be prioritized for that request do not need to submit a new request. Please reach out to the cooperating BLM districts to discuss rolling this request into the 2024 cycle. As equipment is prioritized and available, the BLM will work to transfer excess items to qualifying cooperators. 


To participate in the BLM’s RFR program, cooperators should work with their local BLM districts prior to applying. To find district contacts and submit an application, visit https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/oregon-washington/rfr-apply


Cooperators must meet all the requirements to be considered for BLM RFR equipment transfers, including:
• Have an existing cooperative fire response agreement with the BLM;
• Serve a rural community or area;
• Have wildland fire protection responsibilities;
• Be in the vicinity of, or within, the wildland urban interface, or an established rangeland fire protection association;
• Be near BLM-administered lands and respond to wildland fires in support of BLM when available and as needed; and
• Provide a benefit to the BLM.

To apply, go to the BLM’s Rural Fire Readiness application page: https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/oregon-washington/rfr-apply. Online and hard copy applications are due on March 29. 


For more information contact fire management staff at the nearest BLM district office: https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/oregon-washington/rfr.


For additional information or questions, contact Larae Guillory, BLM OR/WA Fire Operations Specialist at 458-218-1598.


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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 




Attached Media Files: Bureau of Land Management employees transfer the pictured water tender to the Wheeler County Rangeland Fire Protection Association in 2022.

King Co. School Districts
Building Awareness with Safety Guidance for BSD Families - Cyber Kidnapping
Bellevue SD - 02/29/24 1:21 PM

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Recently, members of the Bellevue School District community have been impacted by “Cyber Kidnapping” schemes, also known as virtual kidnappings. Cyber kidnappings aim to get an individual to believe that a loved one has been kidnapped, are in immediate danger and a ransom must be paid. The scheme can take place over the telephone or digitally. Although no actual kidnapping has taken place, scammers demand that victims pay for the safe release of their loved one. These schemes often involve the use of technology such as artificial intelligence voice spoofing, caller ID spoofing, and social media activity to convince unsuspecting victims to pay money. 

 

BSD Safety and Security provides some guidance to our learning community in the event they become impacted by a cyber kidnapping scheme: 

ALWAYS contact law enforcement. 

Stop and think. Do the demands and claims make sense? 

Demand to speak to your loved one or have someone else attempt to contact them. 

Ask for answers or a code word only your loved one would know. 

Buy time and cooperate with law enforcement. Scammers want to expedite a ransom payment. Remember, these scams work by confusing and stressing out victims. Counter that by stopping and assessing the situation. 

https://bsd405.org/2024/02/community-awareness-rise-in-cyber-kidnapping-schemes/

If you have any information regarding cyber kidnapping or suspect someone is a victim, please contact your local authorities immediately. Your assistance is crucial in combating this crime and ensuring the safety of potential victims. Thank you for your cooperation. 

The Bellevue School District, with over 18,000 students and 28 schools, is a diverse and dynamic district in East King County, Washington. Its mission is "To serve each and every student academically, socially, and emotionally through a rigorous and relevant education that is innovative and individualized. As a learning community that values one another's humanity, we provide courageous support for an equitable and exceptional education for all students."  

 

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The Bellevue School Board appointed Cindy Rogan to Director District 3 in a special meeting of the school board on Monday, February 26, 2024
Bellevue SD - 02/27/24 9:55 AM

BELLEVUE, Wash. Cindy is currently an executive leadership coach, with extensive experience working in schools and supporting student achievement.  

"I am eager and committed to support my community, the school board, and the district in their efforts to provide the highest quality of education our students deserve," Cindy Rogan said. “I saw firsthand how critical the work of the school board could be on our functioning as a system. My aspiration to be a member of this board is fully steeped in my desire for BSD to continue on its path of excellence, innovation, and deep care for the community." 

Vice President Monica Webster on behalf of the school board said, “The board is very excited to have Cindy Rogan join the school board, and we look forward to working together to build on the excellence of the Bellevue School District.” 

Superintendent Dr. Kelly Aramaki said, “I look forward to working with Cindy and the entire board to ensure our staff and students have the best educational experience possible in our school district.” 

Director Elect Rogan will take the oath of office at the March 7, 2024, school board meeting. 

Cindy Rogan will serve as Director for District 3, replacing the vacated seat of former board member Joyce Shui, until the next regular school board election in November 2025. At that time, voters will elect a director to serve a new 4-year term through November 2029. 

The Bellevue School District, with over 18,000 students and 28 schools, is a diverse and dynamic district in East King County, Washington. Its mission is "To serve each and every student academically, socially, and emotionally through a rigorous and relevant education that is innovative and individualized. As a learning community that values one another's humanity, we provide courageous support for an equitable and exceptional education for all students."