Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade
Volunteers needed for Placitas Fire and Rescue
—BUD BRINKERHOFF, CHIEF, PLACITAS VOLUNTEER FIRE
Twice a year, the Placitas Fire Department puts on a recruitment
drive to provide additional volunteers to serve as fire and rescue
personnel for the greater Placitas region. Our Brigade responds
to over four hundred fire and rescue calls per year. We provide
primary response to the Placitas area and mutual aid to Bernalillo,
Rio Rancho, Algodones, and the Indian Pueblos to the south, west,
and north of Placitas. As a Brigade member, you will be provided
with the best opportunity to help your friends and neighbors during
their most difficult times.
The Placitas Brigade offers recruit classes in April and October
of each year, and we’re beginning the process for our fall
class. No prior experience is necessary, as we provide a full gambit
of training, beginning with a recruit entry-level orientation course.
This course prepares new members with the basic training to participate
safely and effectively on emergency scenes.
The course runs for approximately forty hours and includes training
in CPR, the incident command structure, hazardous materials awareness,
radio and equipment familiarization, as well as tours of our district
and the dispatch center. The course is held at Placitas Station
41, located at 463 Highway 165. Classes are held on weeknights and
weekends to accommodate those with a working schedule and conclude
with a mock scene training with other responding members.
New recruits will be provided all the necessary protective clothing,
as well as radios/pagers for communication effectiveness. All training
and equipment is paid for and provided by the Placitas Department.
If you are interested in this opportunity to make a valuable contribution
to your community, call John Wolf at 771-3788 for more information
and to sign up for a one-hour prospective member session.
“Don’t take things that aren’t
—GARY K. KING, NEW MEXICO ATTORNEY GENERAL
It is such a simple concept, a basic rule of living in a civilized
society. Unfortunately, not everyone lives by the rules, and that’s
why the Santa Fe District Attorney (DA) Henry Valdez and the New
Mexico Attorney General’s (AG) Office have joined forces to
discourage the misuse of government property and resources.
The DA’s White Collar Crime Unit and my office’s Government
Accountability Division are working together to root out and prosecute
crimes that are committed by public servants against the very people
they work for—New Mexico citizens.
We understand that sometimes good people do bad things, and maybe
sometimes these same people don’t truly understand that they
are committing a serious crime and that there are civil and criminal
penalty consequences. Therefore, I think it is good idea to spell
out what various state laws define as real crimes. Here are just
a few relatively minor but still very much prohibited activities.
•It is illegal for any state, county, or local treasurer,
or any public officer or employee to receive reward, consideration,
or profit from loan or deposit of public funds, or to use public
funds for any purpose not authorized by law.
State officials and employees are prohibited from coercing employees
into supporting political campaigns.
State officers and employees—as well as their families—are
prohibited from profiting through official acts.
Legislators, state officers, and employees are prohibited from
using confidential government information for anyone’s personal
It is unlawful to make a false public voucher.
•It is illegal to offer or give anything of value to a public
officer or employee in return for official action.
State officials and employees are prohibited from selling goods
or services to an employee they supervise through personal or family
business; nor can they profit from or receive a commission for a
sale to an employee they supervise.
•It is illegal to sell or be a party to any transaction to
sell or receive profit or commission from the sale of any instructional
material, furniture, equipment, insurance, school supplies, or work
under contract to the department, school district, or public school
with which such person is associated or employed.
The illegal acts listed above range from misdemeanors to felonies,
and some are punishable by significant jail time in addition to
large fines. Some may wonder, “Don’t the AG and DA have
bigger fish to fry? Why bother with the little stuff?” The
answer is yes, we do have bigger fish to fry, but there is still
plenty of room in that frying pan. And we “bother” with
prosecuting relatively smaller crimes because combined, they can
represent great monetary losses to public coffers and, perhaps more
importantly—left unchecked and unprosecuted, unscrupulous
people might think no one is watching, so why not steal?
But, we are watching and we will prosecute offenders. In the coming
weeks, my office will post on our website more definitions of these
types of crimes and ways for the public to report suspected violations.
We also plan a short publication with similar information. In addition,
all state agencies will be asked to help get the word out to state
employees. Working together, we can help ensure ethical and honest
government for everyone. Thank you.
[Article title source: All I Really Need to Know
I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum.]