New recruits include (back row, left to right)
Corey Wright, Abraham Penner, Alejandro Gurule, Donnea Jackson,
Evelyn Bennett, Scott Ashcraft; (front row, left to right) instructor
Dan Shaw, Nancy Roope, Terry Sapp, Lorenzo Duran.
Nine new PVFB recruits sworn in; new officers elected
—HELEN STEIN, MEMBER, PVFB
On March 4 the Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade welcomed nine new
recruits to the department. The day began with a simulated emergency-medical
and fire call during which regular members of the department interacted
with the recruits to address a mock vehicle accident and resulting
fire. The new recruits were able to experience how the department
responds to this type of call and practice working together as a
team. The emergency scenario was followed by a potluck luncheon
at Station One, and a swearing-in ceremony, which took place next
to the brigade’s brand-new fire engine. Two area television
crews were on hand to capture the excitement.
This group represents one of the largest recruit classes ever
to join the brigade since its founding, in 1973. When asked about
first impressions, new recruit Evie Bennett said, “I feel
it is an honor to be a part of the PVFB. In an effort to give back
to the community, I am receiving so much more in return. The members
of the brigade have welcomed me into what feels like an extended
family. They are committed to keeping Placitas safe. The training
classes, led by Dan Shaw, were well run. He is an excellent teacher.”
In other PVFB news, the Placitas department elected new officers
on March 7th. Bud Brinkerhoff was elected to serve as chief. Steve
Snider was elected assistant chief, EMS, and Drew Owens was reelected
assistant chief, fire. All three officers are active and highly
regarded members of the brigade and the community.
Bud Brinkerhoff joined the department in 2002. He received certification
as a Firefighter I from the New Mexico Firefighters Training Academy
and is licensed with the state of New Mexico as an emergency-medical
technician. During the last two years he served as a captain. Last
year, he received national recognition as Firefighter of the Year,
winning a Jeep Commander from the Chrysler Corporation.
Steve Snider is an EMT Intermediate and has Firefighter I training.
He has been with the department for thirteen years, many of them
as an officer.
Drew Owens has been a PVFB member for five years. He is an EMT
Basic and has Firefighter I training.
All three officers are also trained in wildland firefighting.
The Placitas Fire Brigade is an all-volunteer organization. Brigade
members provide area fire and emergency-medical services. Individuals
interested in joining our ranks are invited to contact John Wolf,
at 771-3788, or leave a message at the station, at 867-5080.
Fire restrictions in effect
As of February 28, Cibola National Forest implemented Stage I
Fire Restrictions for the Mt. Taylor, Magdalena, Mountainair, and
Sandia Ranger Districts, as well as the Kiowa and Rita Blanca National
Grasslands. The restrictions are as follows:
• Campfires, charcoal grills, and stove fires are prohibited
on national forest lands, except in forest-service developed camp
and picnic grounds where grills are provided.
• Pressurized-liquid or -gas stoves, lanterns, and heaters
meeting safety specifications are allowed.
• Smoking is allowed within an enclosed vehicle or building,
a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least
three feet in diameter and free of all flammable material.
As always, fireworks are prohibited on all national forest lands.
Please contact the Cibola National Forest at 346-3900 for more details
regarding where fires are allowed.
Spring into health
Rio Rancho Public Schools will host its third annual Sandoval
County Health and Wellness Expo on April 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00
p.m. This free family event is open to all ages and will offer health
screenings, information on health issues such as smoking cessation
and diabetes, information on alternative health practices, and more.
The featured speaker will be Rick Bender, from the "Half Off
with Tobacco" ad campaign.
There will be a showcase of local talent, and clown Jungle Janet
will do balloon art and face painting. Prizes and a limited number
of free cholesterol test coupons will be given out throughout the
If you are interested in providing a health-related booth or performing
for the fairgoers, please download a registration form from www.rrps.net
(link is under Headlines) or call 771-4922, extension16, or e-mail
The fair will be held in the Rio Rancho High School cafeteria,
301 Loma Colorado.