Vale BLM transfers a fire rig to Nyssa Rural Fire

BLM Vale district employees hands off the keys of a fire rig to the Nyssa Rural Fire Department. From left: BLM's Mark Johnson, Nyssa firefighter Chad Miller, BLM's Mike Spelman, Nyssa Fire Chief Eric Menchaca and Assistant Chief Marvin Seuell. (Submitted photo)

VALE – The Bureau of Land Management Vale District recently donated a wildland fire engine to the Nyssa Rural Fire Department as part of the federal agency’s new Rural Fire Readiness program to support local wildland firefighting partners.

Brent Meisinger, who helps coordinate the rural program, said the purpose is to help enhance local rural departments’ wildland fire response capabilities.

“Cooperative partnerships between the BLM and local and rural fire departments, including the Rangeland Fire Protection Associations, are crucial to remote wildfire response in private, state and federal lands,” the BLM said in a Feb. 14 press . . .