Captain Wes Bassett (left) and Chief John Estrada
with new pumper
Bernalillo buys new fire truck
Last month the Bernalillo Volunteer Fire Department took possession
of a brand-new red pumper. With a capacity of one thousand gallons,
the truck is relatively small, enabling drivers to access and maneuver
on narrow roads. Chief John Estrada credited Mayor Patricia Chavez
for backing the acquisition of the department’s first new
pumper in fifteen years. Last year BVFD purchased the heaviest heavy
rescue covering the I-25 corridor from Tramway Boulevard to Santa
Fe. The truckcarries the “jaws of life” and inflatable
air bags that can lift a semi-truck.
Estrada said that the old pumper would be used for backup and for
training. He said that the town’s ISO ratings and insurance
rates will continue to improve as the department improves and provides
better protection. The department expects to add a ladder truck
and paid members in the next few years.
Estrada said that BVFD is the busiest volunteer fire department
in New Mexico, responding to two hundred calls in August. Their
first recruit class recently graduated ten new members. The department
includes three paramedics and four members in paramedic school.
Another recruit class is currently being formed.
Town of Bernalillo to salute community veterans
The town of Bernalillo will salute community veterans in a public
ceremony planned for Saturday, November 4. Mayor Patricia A. Chávez,
the town council, and the Veterans Advisory Committee invite all
citizens to join in honoring all service veterans from the community.
The event will be held at the Bernalillo Recreation Center at 11:00
“It is an honor and privilege to acknowledge all living and
deceased veterans from our community”, states Mayor Chávez.
“To my knowledge, this is the first time we attempt to identify
and salute veterans and their families who have sacrificed much
to ensure our freedom by protecting and defending our country.”
The advisory committee named by Chávez earlier this spring
includes veterans Loretta Archibeque, Carl Fitzgerald, Vern Kilfoy,
Nick Mora, and David Serbin; and Stephen Jerge. The committee is
assisting in shaping plans for the event in November and developing
the database of veterans’ names and contact information, and
will be involved in guiding other future commemorative events.
If you or a family member are a veteran (living or deceased) or
in active military service and reside or have resided in Bernalillo,
or within a three mile radius of town limits, please contact the
Office of the Mayor, at 771-7129, to provide your name, contact
information, and branch of service is requested. Military active
duty or discharge records (DD214) can be also submitted.
To RSVP for the veterans commemorative ceremony on November 4,
contact Irma Ramírez-Tom, at 505-205-5845.