Village of Placitas roof impaled with two-by-fours
hurled by record-
high winds in February.
Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade honors
volunteers, seeks recruits
—BUD BRINKERHOFF, CHIEF, PLACITAS VOLUNTEER FIRE
The Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade recently sent out flyers on
our annual fundraising drive. We are extremely proud and moved by
the overwhelming response we have received from our friends and
neighbors. The people in our community, by their generous donations,
provide us with positive reinforcement that our service to our community
is both recognized and appreciated. We hope to receive enough donations
to build additional bays at our main station to house the fire equipment
that we have in place. We have been fortunate to acquire firefighting
equipment to aggressively address any fire that might occur in our
district, as well as provide mutual aid to Bernalillo, Algodones,
and neighboring pueblos.
The Placitas District just completed an ISO audit which will evaluate
our fire department’s ability to respond to structure fires
and effectively suppress them. This audit will determine what rating
we will be given in the Placitas region and will, if improvement
is noted, result in reduced fire insurance rates to residents, as
well as an increase in state fire funds distributed to our department.
It is very encouraging when the community provides financial support
of the fire department. But we are also in need of volunteers to
help with fire and rescue calls. The Placitas Brigade offers recruit
classes in April and October of each year and we’re beginning
the process for our spring class. No prior experience is necessary,
as we provide full training, beginning with a recruit entry-level
course. All training and equipment is paid for and provided by the
Placitas department. If you are interested in this opportunity to
make a valuable contribution to your community, call John Wolf at
Our annual Awards Banquet was recently held, at which we recognized
those members who have excelled in their dedicated contribution
to serve our community. Recognized as Firefighter of the Year for
2007 was Drew Owens, who was the most active responder, as well
as a participant in the most amount of training, thereby keeping
his firefighting skills enhanced.
Emergency Medical Technician of the Year was earned by Debby Brinkerhoff.
Debby was also very active in her responses and is currently pursuing
her intermediate level EMT training.
Other awardees were the top ten responders, Recruit of the Year
(Jerry Temple), Chief’s Award for Fire (Sal Gullo), and Chief’s
Award for EMT (Sandy Escarcida). Door prizes were graciously donated
by many of the merchants in the area who recognize and appreciate
the services of our volunteer organization.
Save lives through organ donation
New Mexicans are urged to register as organ donors on their driver’s
license or state issued ID card during National “Donate Life”
Month in April.
Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) data released for 2008 shows 874,249
or 50.31 percent of New Mexicans registered to be organ donors at
MVD, but more donor registrations are needed.
Currently, 98,358 patients are on the national organ waiting list,
including 591 New Mexicans who need a life-saving organ transplant.
New Mexican Phil Anaya waited months for a heart transplant last
year. “One person’s decision to be an organ donor saved
my life. It’s truly a generous life-saving gift I received,”
he said. Anaya received his heart transplant in May 2007. “Now
I do everything I can to tell people that they, too, can save someone’s
life by being an organ donor,” said Anaya.
One donor can save the lives of up to eight people through organ
donation and up to fifty more can be helped with eye and tissue
donation. As many as eighteen patients die each day in the U.S.
awaiting an organ transplant.
“We urge every New Mexican to make a difference and sign
up to be an organ donor,” said Patricia Niles, the executive
director of New Mexico Donor Services (NMDS).
You don’t have to look far to find someone who has benefited
from a generous organ or tissue transplant. In 2007, 28,300 organ
transplants and one million tissue transplants were performed in
the U.S. Tissue transplants included cornea, tendons, skin, bone,
and heart valve surgeries.
NMDS is the federally-designated organ procurement organization
serving the citizens of New Mexico. NMDS is a non-profit organization,
working closely with the Motor Vehicle Division and partner hospitals
throughout New Mexico to provide donation options to families. To
learn more about saving lives through organ and tissue donation,
or call 1-800-843-7672.
Study shows high cost of Albuquerque traffic crashes
A report released by AAA shows that traffic crashes in Albuquerque
cost $1.2 billion annually—six times more than the price tag
associated with local traffic congestion, according to AAA New Mexico.
The report entitled, “Crashes: What’s the Cost to Society?”
reveals that in most areas of the country, the cost of traffic crashes
far outweighs the cost of traffic congestion. The cost of crashes
includes such items as medical/emergency/police services, property
damage, lost productivity, and reduced quality of life.
According to the study, the Albuquerque metropolitan area has annual
traffic congestion costs estimated at $200 million—far less
than the $1.2 billion cost associated with traffic crashes.
AAA is calling on leaders at all levels of government to focus
increased attention on preventing crash deaths and injuries. Reductions
to both vehicle crashes and traffic congestion can be achieved by
actions such as enhanced traffic law enforcement, improved highway
safety, and better management of traffic incidents, said Von Quintus.
The study includes several recommendations to improve safety, including
support for a national safety goal of cutting surface transportation
fatalities in half by 2025, as recommended by the National Surface
Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission.
For additional information and to download a full
copy of the report, visit www.AAA.com/news.