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Volunteers needed

—Captain John Wolf, Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade

Did you know that Placitas fire and emergency services personnel are all volunteers with the exception of two paid Sandoval County medics who are on duty 24/7 at our new, third station located right off the frontage road on Petroglyph Trail? Did you know that the Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade responds to approximately 500 fire and medical calls each year? To meet the increasing demand, we are asking you to consider becoming a member of the brigade. 

The brigade offers initial basic training needed to participate safely, effectively, and helpfully in emergency scenes. We will be holding our next recruit class starting in late November or early December. The course runs for approximately 20 hours and includes training in CPR, fire-ground safety, hazardous materials awareness, the incident command structure, radio operations, equipment familiarization, and tours of our district and the dispatch center. It is held at the main station on weeknights and weekends. The course concludes with a scenario with the other members of the brigade, at which time you will be issued your equipment and a pager and will be able to respond to calls.

The recruit class is open to all residents of Placitas and Bernalillo, and no previous experience is necessary. After successful completion of the class, additional training opportunities allow members to gain certification as firefighters and emergency medical responders, including paramedic. All training is paid for by the brigade. If you are interested in this opportunity to make a difference in your community, call me at (505) 771-3788 to get more information and sign up for a one-hour prospective member session, so that you can make an informed decision about joining.

If you would like to help, but are not interested in responding to calls, there is still a place for you in the brigade. Our auxiliary members help us with monthly rig checks and other administrative duties. They are valuable members of our team. Auxiliary members are not required to attend the recruit class. All that is required is the submission of a Sandoval County volunteer firefighter application. You can download the application at our Web site (placitasfireandrescue.com). Fill it out, and call me at the above number to arrange a pickup. The Sandoval County Fire Department performs a background check on all applicants.

     

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