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Members of Sandoval County Fire Department District 4 / Placitas receive awards

—Sal Gullo, Chief, SCFD District 4 Placitas Volunteer Fire  Brigade

Two of our Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade members recently received awards, presented at the Sandoval County Commissioners meeting on May 21 by Sandoval County Fire Department (SCFD) Chief Jon Tibbetts.

Assistant Fire Chief Humberto Macias received an award for the “Firefighter of the Year.” Assistant Chief Macias has been a vital part of our brigade since 2001, when he came to us as a willing member of our community who wanted to become involved in the Fire Brigade. Humberto has worked through the years to acquire several important certification levels. He is a certified Fire Fighter 1, an Emergency Medical Technician–Basic, a vehicle extrication technician, and the list goes on. It is with great pleasure that we recognize Humberto for his service and dedication.

Firefighter George Dahl has received a special “Recognition for efforts above and beyond.” George is a new member to the Fire Brigade and has brought a world of knowledge and expertise to our organization. George has been spearheading several projects for us, one of which is the assembly of our “Service 41” fire apparatus. Almost complete, the apparatus will carry breathing air stored in high pressure vessels and a filling station for us to be able to refill our Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) bottles at the scene instead of having to bring them to the SCFD administrative office, where the compressor is housed. George has put in countless hours in this project, along with time spent to assist Chief Jon Tibbetts with other projects all across Sandoval County. The award is a very small way of saying, “Thank you, George.”

Along with these awards going to two special members, our entire membership deserves a special thank you for their service and dedication to our SCFD District 4/Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Free CPR classes for Placitas residents at the Placitas Fire Station

The Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade (PVFB) is pleased to announce a new service to the Placitas community. The PVFB will be offering three separate American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR classes, which offer basic CPR training for the non-medical individual, free of charge for Placitas residents.

The Heartsaver CPR classes are scheduled for Monday, June 15 at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, July 11 at 9:00 a.m., and also on Saturday, July 11 at 1:00 p.m. at the main PVFB fire station at 463 Highway 165.

Each class will be limited to six participants on a first-call basis. To reserve a slot, call the PVFB at 867-5080. Please leave a message with your name and phone number and indicate which class you would like to attend. We will contact you to confirm your registration. More Heartsaver CPR classes will be offered in the future, as needed.

Additionally, if there are residents who are interested in American Heart Association Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider (for medical professionals), let us know.

Sign up for these classes! Help keep your community and workplaces safe. There will be no charge for any of the classes, since the instructor is generously donating her time and the Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade, Inc. will be paying for the cards; however, donations to the PVFB are always greatly appreciated!






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