Firefighter/EMT Bill Patz of the Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade helps children hold onto the fire hose at the Health and Safety Fair on August 16 in Placitas. During the event, past and present fire chiefs and distinguished personnel were recognized for their contributions to the PVFB. See story on page 13.
Health and Safety Fair a success
—Lt. Robin Howe
Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade
The Health and Safety Fair held August 16 to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade was an enjoyable and informative time for the hundreds of community members who attended. Past and current firre chiefs were honored with a recognition plaque and a commemorative t-shirt. They were Ralph Davis, W. Ann Maggiore, Bill Bennett, Steve Snider, Sal Gullo, Dan Shaw, and Dave Johnson (former medical director).
The members of the PVFB would like to thank the exhibitors who joined us for the day and everyone who came to Homestead Village to visit with us. We'd especially like to thank those who supported our fund-raising efforts by purchasing thirtieth-anniversary mugs, "Proud Supporter of the PVFB” T-shirts, and the specially engraved bricks that will grace the new fire station. (More of each are available for those who missed the event; just call us at 867-5080 and leave a message if we're not there.)
The Health and Safety Fair gave all of us an opportunity to chat with our friends and neighbors in a calmer setting than the places where we usually see each other. We also had a chance to meet folks who are interested in joining the PVFB Team.
Thanks to sheriff John Paul Trujillo and deputy fire marshal Jess Lewis for taking turns in the dunk tank. They were very popular "dunkees" and helped raise plenty of money for our department.
Other popular exhibits were the Lifeguard helicopter, the United Blood Services Bloodmobile (more than a dozen units were collected from generous donors), Ashiatsu massage, Jazzercise, the American Cancer Society's skin cancer screenings, the Traffic Safety Bureau and DWI Prevention Program's "DWI goggles," dentist Paula Young, the American Red Cross, the Rio Rancho fire simulator, the Bernalillo Fire Department, Head Start, SCARES, Las Placitas Association, New Mexico Poison Control, Smokey Bear and his rival, Buckle Bear, and the fun jump.
Children who completed the home fire-safety checklist and returned it to the Rattlesnake Presentation at the station on August 23 were eligible for a drawing in which someone lucky won a ride in a fire truck.
Special thanks to The Merc and all of the Homestead Village shops that supported this event. Thanks also to the more than two dozen members of the PVFB and their family and friends who helped make the fair a success.
Fire restrictions in effect
Stage I fire restrictions are in effect for the Mt. Taylor, Magdalena, Mountainair, and Sandia Ranger Districts, as well as the Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands. The restrictions apply to open campfires, smoking, and fireworks. The Datil, Bear, and Gallinas Mountains, located on the Magdalena Ranger District, will not be under restrictions.
Fire restrictions will remain in effect until significant rain relieves dry conditions in the forest. For specific information, see www.fs.fed.us/r3/fire, call 1-877-864-6985, or contact Mark Chavez or Karen Carter at 346-3900.