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Placitas Fire Department flash

—Sal Gullo, Chief

On behalf of the volunteers and myself, I would like to extend a sincere thank you for the generous donations we have received in support of your fire department.

In early June of this year, we sent out a request for donations to support fire and rescue efforts in our community. You, the residents of Placitas, have been supportive and we thank you. We set a goal of $25,000 for this fund drive and as of July 15, we have received $19,530. We are over 75 percent toward reaching our goal!

For those of you who are not familiar with our services, may I take a few minutes to cite examples of what we do for our community. All of us are volunteers. When our pagers go off, be it for a medical or fire emergency, we drop what we are doing at our homes and quickly proceed to the address to provide whatever service is needed. Because we are an all-volunteer department and do not staff the fire station, all residents of Placitas are asked to call 911 in an emergency. We do not charge for our services and will respond to calls at any time of the day or night.

Examples of recent medical calls are: a person having difficulty breathing, a child with an extremely high fever, and a woman who was in labor. For each of these calls, volunteers immediately drove to the scene to administer medical care and stabilize the patient so that the County’s ambulance service could transport them to a local hospital.

We have also responded to fire calls, though there are fewer fire calls than medical emergencies in our community. Examples include: fire alarms, smoke detectors going off, brush fires, and our regular 4th of July night patrol. Luckily, we have not had a major fire in our community this year.

In conclusion, we the volunteers of the Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade, again thank all of you who have so generously donated money to help us continue to serve you. Keep in mind that your donation is tax-deductible. A portion of your donations have already been used to send 11 members for yearly training on the latest techniques in pre-hospital emergency medical care, purchase EMS equipment, fund community CPR classes, and buy rehabilitation equipment.

The Placitas Fire Department will be hosting a Community CPR Class, free to Placitas residents. The date is Wednesday evening, August 4 at 5:30. If you are interested in attending, please call our non-emergency number, 867-5080, and leave us a message with your name and phone number. We will call you back to confirm your spot in the class.

 

     

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