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El Dorado Fire and Rescue Service Receives an ISO 3 Rating
EFRS underwent a review of its operations by the Insurance Service Organization in December of 2012. ISO evaluates communities throughout the United States using a standardized fire suppression rating schedule. This evaluation is based on processing emergency calls, water supply, and of course equipment, staffing, facilities, and training.
We are happy to announce that our ISO rating (on a scale of 1 (best) to 10) has improved from a 4 to a 3 rating. This makes EFRS the highest-rated volunteer fire department in the State of New Mexico. You can read more about this in a future issue of the Eldorado Vistas.
You should contact your homeowners insurance agent to see if this new rating might affect your annual insurance premium.
New Med Unit Has Arrived
In a continuing effort to keep its fleet of emergency vehicles up to date, The El Dorado Fire and Rescue Service is now in possession of its new ambulance to replace the old Med 2. This first-out ambulance, know as Medic 1, is located at Station 1 and has already seen action on a number of medical and motor vehicle accident calls in the past month. Click each image to enlarge it.
EFRS Purchases New LifePak 15
Because of your generous donations to the El Dorado Fire and Rescue Service, we have been able to purchase a new state-of-the-art LifePak 15 monitor. This device is used on medical scenes to assess a patient’s vital signs and to provide defibrillator functionality if needed. It also has the ability to transmit vital signs to the hospital in order to get real-time feedback from ER doctors. This device is now located on EFRS’s first-out medical unit. Click the image to enlarge it.
New Fire Engine in Service in Eldorado
Eldorado‘s newest fire engine is now in service. Known as Engine 3, it is now fully ready to answer structure fire calls. With four-wheel drive and a second on-board pump, it is also capable of fighting off-road wildland fires.
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Engine 731 goes to the Whitewater-Baldy Fire in 2012
El Dorado Fire’s heavy wildland engine, Engine 731, was utilized in the 2012 to fight the Whitewater-Baldy fire. Here are some images from that fire.
Thank you Eldorado! Through your generous donations to the El Dorado Fire and Rescue Association, we were able to purchase a new motorized gurney for our Med 3 ambulance to replace the older mechanical unit. The unit will hold up to 700 pounds and, because its lift mechanism is motorized, the safety of our patients and members is significantly improved. Please click on the image on the left to enlarge it.
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Important Note: Wildland Fire Danger is
But that may change. 2013 is forecast to be a difficult year for wildfires.
Reminder: fireplace ashes must be disposed of properly. Check and recheck. Do not assume they are fully out. EFRS knocked down a small grass fire a few weeks ago. This fire was cause by ashes being prematurely thrown out on a grassy area.
New Mexico has been in a drought situation for some time. Therefore, the grounds are dry enough that fireplace ashes can and do set fires even in the winter months.
As a Reminder:
“We can’t control lightning, but we can control our actions” said Gilbert Zepeda, deputy regional forester for the U.S. Forestry Service:
Here are some important FIRE DO’s and DON’TS:
1. DON’T toss cigarette butts out vehicle windows. Something this small can ignite a grass fire.
2. DON’T pull vehicles over onto grassy road shoulders because undercarriage heat from exhauset systems can spark fires. Catalytic converters get very hot.
3. DON’T burn trash and weeds. Burn permits are generally required for this, but it is just not a good idea in our current dry and windy environment.
4. DON’T throw fireplace ashes out in the yard, in the garden, under trees, etc.
5. DO Follow no-burn rules in our parks.
6. DO maintain a 30 foot burn proof perimeter around your home. This involves removing dry and dead vegetation, brush, trees, etc. In general, remove any fire fuels that might lie within 30 feet of your home. This includes that stash of firewood for the fireplace.
7. DO think twice about doing anything outside that could cause sparks or flames that could ignite nearby dry brush and grass. Don’t be the victim of Murphy’s Law (If anything can go wrong, it will)
Here are some WEB sites for you to review:
Click HERE to see the recently enacted Santa Fe County Ordinance 2012-6 regarding a county-wide burn ban. (Lifted)
Click HERE to see what you can do to Protect Your Home from Wildfire (provided by Santa Fe County)
Call us at 466-1204 for a FREE Wildland Fire Risk Assessment.
EFRS is looking for A Few Good Men and Women
to be Members. Click Here for more information.
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