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Captain Wes Bassett (left) and Chief John Estrada with new pumper

Captain Wes Bassett (left) and Chief John Estrada with new pumper

Bernalillo buys new fire truck

—SIGNPOST STAFF
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 a.m.

“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.

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