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Fire destroys Placitas home

The remains of burned home in Placitas

The remains of burned home in Placitas

A fire totally destroyed a two-story home on Homesteads Road in Placitas on July 23. The house was totally engulfed in flames when sheriff’s deputies first arrived at the scene shortly after midnight. Chief Paul Bearce said that initially, due to the intense heat, the Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade could only protect the surrounding area. He said that the building collapsed about a half hour after their arrival, and then with mutual aid from Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, and Corrales, it took about an hour to extinguish the flames. Bearce said that mop-up operations continued until 11:00 a.m. It was established that no one was in the home at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Fire department fills portable water reservoirs to aide in extinguishing July house fire.

Fire department fills portable water reservoirs to aide in extinguishing July house fire.


Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade hosts health-and-safety fund-raiser August 16

Paul Bearce
Fire Chief
Placitas Fire Brigade

The Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade, which was established in 1973, is hosting a thirtieth-anniversary celebration along with a health-and-safety fair this month. The event will be held on Saturday, August 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Homestead Village Shopping Center.

The members of the department have worked on providing an event that not only will provide our residents with some great health-and-safety information but will be fun for the entire family. There will be plenty of activities for the children. We are planning to recognize past members and past leadership of the department and say thank you to the volunteers who help keep our community safe.

The brigade will have all of their fire-and-rescue trucks on display and will be on hand to answer questions about fire prevention and safety around the home. There will be activities such as drop-tank fishing and fire-hose water polo.

The City of Rio Rancho Fire and Rescue Division will bring their fire-safety trailer to help children understand how to be fire-safe at home and how to escape from a smoke-filled house. Classes will run every half hour.

Some of the organizations that are planning on participating are Lifeguard helicopter, the American Red Cross, United Blood Services, numerous health-screening organizations, New Mexico State Forestry, and many others. There will be a fun jump and a dunk-the-chief tank as well.

The brigade, along with Sandoval County, is working on establishing a new station to be located in Sundance Mesa. This project is being funded primarily by state and county funds. However, building a station and buying fire trucks, water tankers, and rescue units are very expensive. At the fair we will be raising funds by selling coffee mugs, T-shirts, and engraved bricks for the sidewalk at our new Station #3. Please come by our booth and see what we’re all about.

The Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade is made up of your neighbors, and we work hard to make Placitas a better place to live. We hope to see you at our celebration.


PVFB sponsors rattlesnake presentation at Main Station

Daisy Kates
Placitas Volunteer Fire Department

As part of the Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade’s thirtieth anniversary community events, the Brigade will sponsor a presentation by Bob Myers of the Old Town Rattlesnake Museum.

Encounters with rattlesnakes have become fairly common in this area, and it is essential to learn how to prevent or, if need be, handle a confrontation with one of these mysterious creatures. Rattlesnakes can inspire fear in the bravest of men, but becoming familiar with their appearance and behavior will help you recognize, understand, and treat them with the respect they deserve.

The Old Town Rattlesnake Museum has the largest collection of different species of live rattlesnakes in the world, and Bob will be bringing some of them to the Placitas Fire Station on August 23. He will answer the many questions we have about snakes and our relationship to them. The program will start early (so the snakes will be out in the cooler part of the day) and will last approximately two hours.

Bring your family and friends to this event and learn about one of the most profound animals that live in our environment. The program will be held on August 23 at 9:00 a.m. in the Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade’s Main Station on Highway 165.




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