After I broke the news almost TWO WEEKS AGO about their telling you one thing to raise taxes and also appealing to FEMA for grant money, the fire department issued a mystifying News Flash at 12:06m this morning.

SKF&R is continuing the claim the grant was applied for in January, while the copy they gave me through the Public Records act clearly proves it was filed February 21, 2012 on several pages.


Arrogance at it’s best

They stubbornly insist that because they say it, you will believe it. Never mind that they also provide the facts that expose their charade and attempted coverup.


Let’s review who knew what and when

WHO: Donna L. Conner is an employee of SKF&R. Ms. Conner is also the district Public Information Officer. Conveniently, Ms. Conner is also the FEMA SAFER Grant applicant signatory.

WHAT: The FEMA SAFER grant was conceived of and applied for earlier this year. Today, the fire department want you to believe this application took place in January, prior to authorizing the Excess Levy.

WHEN: Page 3 of the grant reads: “Originally submitted on 02/21/12 by Donna L. Conner

Also read pages 23, 26 and the bottom of page 28. On each of these pages appears the name Donna L. Conner on the same line as the application date which reads 21-Feb-2012



Deliberate Omission

No mention of the Excess Levy, passed by resolution on January 26, 2012 by unanimous board of commissioners, when applying to the federal government for the FEMA grant.

Adversely, no mention to the voters (until I exposed the issue of the FEMA grant,) asking for $3.5 million TAX INCREASE to hire the exact same number of firefighters.



So then why would Ms Conner , Public Information Officer for SKF&R, issue a News Flash lying about her having filed a grant in January? Is Ms Conners complicit or has someone taken it upon them selves to rush this News Flash to print without her knowledge?


An answer from the chief? 


A few days ago I sent a letter to Chief Al Church asking if the 9 firefighters paid for with the Excess Levy tax increase were the same 9 firefighters they were pleading grant money for.

I guess this answers my question. YES!!!

“Due to a continued decline in revenue, the staffing maintenance requirement during the award period may preclude SKF&R’s acceptance if a source of additional funding is not obtained.”


How much more proof do you need that the department is trying to pull a fast on over an the taxpayers? And jerking the fireman’s hat down on FEMA to boot!


While this will surely be sent to the press, read this News Flash both here and on the official SKF&R web page:

South King Fire & Rescue News

Posted on: July 17, 2012

South King Fire & Rescue hoping for SAFER Grant Financial Assistance

South King Fire & Rescue hoping for SAFER Grant Financial Assistance

South King Fire & Rescue (SKF&R) continues to await word on a 2011 SAFER grant request made last January. 238 fire departments around the country have received these 2011 funds to-date after ten rounds of awards have been announced. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate implements and administers the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants. SAFER Grants provide financial assistance to help provide funding directly to fire departments in order to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, “front line” firefighters available in their communities through the hiring of new firefighters, or filling of positions that were vacated through attrition. The goal of the SAFER Grants is to assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities in order to respond to emergencies, assuring communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.

SAFER intends to improve or restore local fire departments’ staffing and deployment capabilities so they may more effectively respond to emergencies. With enhanced or restored staffing levels, grantees could see a reduction in their response times and an increase in the number of trained personnel assembled at the incident scene. While not required for a SAFER Grant, it is preferable that the enhanced or restored staffing levels of all SAFER Grantees should improve the safety of firefighters by ensuring all first-arriving apparatus are staffed with a minimum of four qualified personnel (to meet NFPA standards) who are capable of initiating the suppression response. Due to current revenue levels and projections, SKF&R will rarely be able to achieve this preference and responds typically with only three firefighters.

Due to a continued decline in revenue, the staffing maintenance requirement during the award period may preclude SKF&R’s acceptance if a source of additional funding is not obtained. A Maintenance and Operations levy is being considered by the district’s citizens at this time. This measure may allow the district to meet the staffing maintenance requirement and to fund the additional position after the two year SAFER funding period is completed.
If the M&O levy fails, the district will reconsider any award from 2011 SAFER funding and instead look to a 2012 SAFER grant request based upon current conditions.


Because things tend to ‘suddenly change’ on the SKF&R web page, here is a screen shot of the SKF&R Website at 12:59am 07/17/12





Unfortunately, when a comment is posted to my blog at the Federal Way Mirror, Sound Publishing did not see fit to let the blogger know.

So, I do not know about it unless I visit the site like any other reader. This evening was the first time I checked back. Maybe I should go back more frequently to see if anyone left a message.


Ms. Conners, from South King Fire & Rescue, addressed my concerns when she left a comment on July 18th.


Ms. Conners, thank you for taking the time to share this information:



Your Blogs of July 5th 2012 “SKF&R – Raising taxes and getting federal.
money/with strings” and “Secrets, omissions and just plain forked.
tongue” cite the following:

“Element #3 requires the district to state its inability to address.
the needs without federal assistance and include all “other actions.
the applicant has taken to meet their staffing needs. A careful
reading does not reveal disclosure of putting the excess levy on the.
ballot. Not one word, even though the commissioners approved it weeks.
earlier. Whether the action was successful or not is of no issue, it.
is an action that requires disclosure. And the district deliberately.
avoided disclosure when they filed the legal document.

Per the SAFER Grant Guidelines published January 2012 “FOR FISCAL YEAR.
2011” by the US Department of Homeland Security -(Application Start.
Date: 01/30/2012 Application Submission Date: 02/24/2012). All
documentation, statistics and actions noted in the application package.
must pertain to what the department accomplished in 2010 and 2011.

Also cited in your Blog:
“Serious consideration needs to be applied here because if the.
district is not able to achieve BOTH funding measures, then they could.
be in default of the FEMA grant provisions, which require that any.
firefighter hired under the grant retain their job for two years AFTER.
the grant money terminates. Why did the district deliberately deceive.
both the public and the federal government? And why should we trust.
them now that the truth is about to come out in the open?”

Those same SAFER Grant guidelines published January 2012, by the US.
Department of Homeland Security specifies the Retention Commitment:
Grantees that are hiring firefighters DO NOT have to commit to.
retaining the SAFER-funded firefighters. Period of performance: For.
Hiring of Firefighters, the period of performance has been reduced to.
2 years.

The SAFER Grant Guidelines “For Fiscal Year 2012” were published by.
Homeland Security in June 2012 – (Application Start Date: 7/16/12.
Application Submission Date: 8/10/12).


1. There is no mention or denial of the commissioners passing the.
resolution for the Levy on January 26th, 2012. The SAFER Grant.
application was for the FISCAL YEAR 2011. All statistics and actions cited in.
2011 SAFER grant application pertains to prior years.

2. There is no mention or denial of the application being submitted on.
February 21st 2012. The 2011 SAFER Grant application period opened on.
January 30th 2012 and closed on February 24th, 2012. The application
was submitted prior to the application closing date.

3. The 2011 SAFER Grant guidelines also states that there is no.
commitment required from the fire department to retain the SAFER.
hired firefighters beyond the two year period of performance.





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