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Placitas fire brigade changes leadership,
holds awards banquet

The Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade is under new leadership this month with the election of Steve Snider as chief. Paul Bearce, who had the reins of the department for the past four years, stepped down at the annual meeting. Bearce will continue to respond to fire and medical calls as a firefighter and paramedic.

Snider is no stranger to leadership in PVFB, as he served as chief for a short time in the late 1990’s. He has been a member of the department for many years and recently served as the department’s assistant chief/EMS. Snider is a firefighter/EMT-Intermediate and has been associated with the fire services most of his adult life.

Snider’s plans are to maintain the high standards for which the department is known. Snider will continue the process and planning for the new fire station to be located in Sundance Mesa.

Filling the slot for assistant chief/fire is local builder Drew Owens, and assistant chief/EMS is firefighter-paramedic Eric Skold. Both members have a great deal of experience in the field and are looking forward to continuing to run a progressive department.

 The PVFB is made up of volunteers who are your friends, family, and neighbors. They give up their free time to receive training and respond to emergency fire and medical calls in the Placitas district and assist with calls in the surrounding areas.

Last month, the PVFB membership was honored at the annual awards banquet and member-recognition dinner. The event was held at El Pinto Restaurant, which provided a wonderful venue and a delicious New Mexican buffet.

Chief Paul Bearce announced the top awards. The Firefighter of the Year was John Yaeger, and the EMT of the Year was Sandy Escarcida. John Wolf, Bud Brinkerhoff, and Gerry Malloy—three members who showed exceptional involvement and dedication during their first year of participation—were named Rookies of the Year.

The Chief’s Award for the top fire and medical responder over the past year was given to Humberto Macias and Robin Howe, respectively.

In recognition of the PVFB members, local and area businesses generously donated door prizes. The outpouring of support was incredible and the department wishes to thank the donors for their generosity.

They are: Home Depot, Lowe’s, Rowland Nursery, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Wild Oats, Charlie’s Sporting Goods, Kaufman’s West, Precision Arms, Dr. Wilcox, Blockbuster Video, Office Depot, REI Outdoor, Hobby Lobby, Boundtree Medical Supply, Dr. Paula Young, Susan Jordan, Jackalope, Guang Dong, Santa Ana Garden Center, Bernalillo Barber Shop, Subway, Denny’s, Stevan Schoen, Placitas Realty, Sandoval County Sheriff’s Posse, Siete Nombres, Bernalillo Birding Co., Something Else, State Farm Insurance, Bernalillo Feed, Parts Plus, Pharmacy Plus, Ashley’s Corner Store, Edward Jones, D.C. Hawthorne, Home At The Range, Rose’s Pottery, B&G Office Supply, Del Pueblo Power, La Casita, Hacienda de Placitas, Coronado Restaurant, Clear Light, LaFarge, McCole’s Pub and Grill, La Bonne Vie Salon and Day Spa, Wells Fargo Bank, Abuelitas Restaurant, Bernalillo Tire, The Merc, Placitas Videos, Buttons and Bows, American Gypsum, La Puerta Realty, Santa Ana Star Casino, Rio Sierra Realty, Lanell Anderson Insurance, Shirley Ann Sloop, First State Bank, and the Piñon Café.


BLM to reduce hazardous fuels at Tent Rocks

This spring, to stem the devastation of the bark beetle, the Bureau of Land Management, Albuquerque Field Office, in partnership with the Pueblo de Cochiti will begin density-reduction over more than six hundred acres of piñon and juniper trees at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. The existing density of these trees is hazardous and is exacerbated by diseased and dying piñon trees. Phase I of the project will entail work in approximately two hundred acres in Peralta Canyon. Slash created from the mechanical thinning will be hand-piled and burned, broadcast burned, or scattered over the area to prevent soil loss and erosion.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument was designated by presidential proclamation in 2001. The monument is between Albuquerque and Santa Fe in Sandoval County.


Volunteer fire department holds recruit class

Lou Garriott
PVFB member

The Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade will be starting its recruit training course on April 14. Placitas area residents wanting to participate in a high-quality, well-qualified emergency-medical and firefighting program are welcome to explore their interests by signing up for this basic course. The course offers training in CPR, fire-scene safety, operation and maintenance of emergency vehicles, and hazardous toxic awareness, and can lead to further emergency-medical training and firefighting certification.

In addition to being a vital service to the community, our fire brigade offers the comradeship and friendly atmosphere of sharing challenging experiences, as well as an opportunity to pursue career development opportunities.

If you have an interest, the Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade can use you in many different ways to help carry out its program of community service. Classes will be held on evenings or weekends in April. Please call Tom Quirk at 867-9706 by April 6 to get more information or to sign up to attend a prospective member orientation. The orientation meeting is offered to give you an opportunity to learn more so you can make an informed decision about whether to pursue the training for membership in PVFB.




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