With the $2.2 million in revenue from the 2014 levy, Bend's Fire Department made many changes to how it serves our community. Response times are dramatically reduced and lives saved. Fire vehicles are smaller and quicker. Big engines no longer have to respond to a cardiac arrest call.
Police cars are also equipped with defillibrilators increasing the vehicles that can respond to emergency calls.
COCC will offer a one-day class on February 10, 8:30- 5:30. In times of disaster cell phones and land lines may not operate. Ham radio operators have been the lifeline for communities for decades.
You can learn the licensing requirements and how to operate a radio from your own home.
Deschutes County Emergency Management Coordinator Ashley Volz is publishing a multi week plan for how to build a personal or family disaster kit. She is posting weekly tasks on Nextdoor social media site.
Kits should include personal items like medications, hygiene items and warm clothing as well as food, water, and pet food.
The giant structure going up on 18th Street is slated to be a private pickle ball club built by the same person who donated $250,000 to Bend Parks and Recreation last year for additional pickle ball courts in Pine Nursery Park.
The facility is rumored to have a trampoline area as well.
Bend La Pine School District plans to locate two new high schools in the BANA industrial area at 20730 Brinson Blvd in an existing warehouse structure. Sharon Smith, District land use attorney, presented information about the schools at a Dec. 20 meeting at Ponderosa Elementary.
The new programs, named Realms and Skyline high schools, will provide options for students other than the larger neighborhood high school environment. They will offer an "incubator type environment", according to Smith, with curriculums focusing on 21st century career readiness and project-based learning in real world settings. The entrepreneurial and experiential based learning will allow students to design and personalize their curriculum, supported by community members in relevant industries.
In the coming months transportation planners in the City, State and County governments will be asking your input on updating their transportation plans. Money from the State Legislature and tax revenues will be available for new projects. How do you think they should be spent?
The County Sheriff's Office proposes to form a Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) corps to improve response and recovery in times of disasters. The collective of volunteer organizations, faith-based communities, non governmental, fraternal and government organizations would communicate, collaborate and coordinate in times of fires, earthquakes, floods or snow events.