Fire Brigade Web site
The Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade has a Web site.
Go to: www.PlacitasFireAndRescue.com
to learn about burn advisories, volunteer opportunities, safety
practices, contact information, and more.
Fire restrictions lifted
As of August 16, at 8:00 a.m., campfire and smoking restrictions
were lifted for the Sandia, Mountainair, Magdalena, and Mt. Taylor
Ranger Districts, as well as the Kiowa and Rita Blanca National
Grasslands. Fire danger has decreased due to moisture and higher
humidity over much of the forest.
The public is reminded, however, that campfire safety is still of
concern year-round and that everyone should follow fire safety precautions.
If you have a campfire, please abide by the following rules:
• Build campfires away from overhanging branches, steep
slopes, rotten stumps, logs, dry grass, pine needles, and leaves.
• Pile extra wood away from the fire.
• Clear the area down to bare soil; keep your campfire safe
and small, especially when it’s windy.
• Never leave your campfire unattended.
• Drown the fire with water and dirt, stir the remains,
add more water and dirt, and stir again.
• Do not bury your coals, as they can smolder and reignite
later. Make sure your fire is dead out before leaving.
The use of fireworks of any kind is strictly prohibited on all
national forest lands.
Regional fire information for New Mexico and Arizona can be obtained
at (877) 864-6985 or at http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/fire.
To all Placitas/Bernalillo residents: Volunteers needed
Captain, Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade
Did you know that all Placitas Fire and Emergency Services personnel
are volunteers? Okay, so you knew that. How about did you know that
we respond to over four hundred fire and rescue calls per year?
And as more people move into our community, that number is bound
To meet the increasing demand, we are asking you to consider becoming
a member of our community brigade.
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 range
of training, beginning with a recruit entry-level course that prepares
new members with the basic training to participate safely, effectively,
and helpfully 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 the main station
on week nights and weekends to accommodate those with a working
schedule and concludes with a scenario training with other responding
New recruits will be provided all the necessary protective clothing,
as well as radios and pagers for communication effectiveness. All
training and equipment is paid for and provided by the Placitas
If you are interested in this opportunity to make a valuable contribution
to your community, call John Wolf, 771-3788, for more information
and to sign up for a one-hour prospective-member session giving
more details on what it means to be a responding member of the Placitas
Volunteer Fire Brigade.
Eight organs recovered from one NM donor
For the first time in New Mexico, eight organs were recovered
from a single donor. Twenty-three-year-old Micah Lamm had signed
up to be an organ donor and had informed his family and friends
of his decision. He was declared brain-dead at San Juan Regional
Medical Center, in Farmington, from a head injury he suffered after
a fall in August.
New Mexico Donor Services was able to coordinate the recovery
of all organs with transplant centers throughout the United States.
The donation process included blood testing, organ evaluation, matching
with the 89,102 patients on the national transplant waiting list,
and arrangements for transplant teams to converge at San Juan Regional
Medical Center at a specific time. The organs were transplanted
in California, Utah, and Colorado into recipients ranging from seventeen
to forty years old.
“We know this is a very difficult time for the family of
Micah Lamm and we extend our condolences. This young man’s
caring decision to be an organ donor has saved the lives of several
people,” stated Patricia Niles, director of New Mexico Donor
New Mexicans are encouraged to sign up on the motor vehicle department
donor registry when they obtain or renew their driver’s license.
For information about organ donation, call (800) 355-7427 or visit
www.DonateLife.net. For information in Spanish, call 800-485-VIDA
or visit www.DoneVida.org.
Meningitis—new communicable disease concern
—U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TOM UDALL
New Mexico children returning to school this month are generally
required to have certain vaccines, including inoculations for mumps,
hepatitis, and measles. This year, a federal health agency recommends
they get one more.
Meningococcal meningitis, an inflammation of the lining surrounding
the brain and spinal cord, is a rare but sometimes deadly bacterial
infection that is particularly dangerous for adolescents and young
children. A new one-shot vaccination that offers long-term protection
against most forms of meningococcal meningitis may prevent up to
83 percent of cases in the United States.
In January, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration licensed a vaccine
for bacterial meningitis and related diseases that can strike suddenly
and kill quickly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics,
American Medical Association, and Society for Adolescent Medicine
all recommend the immunization for three age groups:
• Children eleven and twelve years old;
• Adolescents entering high school who have not been immunized
• College students who will be living in dormitories.