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The Los Chavez Fire Department is an ALL Volunteer company, located in the heart of Valencia County, New Mexico, between Los Lunas and Belen on Highway 314. It was formed in 1962 and Frank Sedillo became the first Department Chief. Currently we have 34 volunteers on the roster, most of whom are certified as NM Firefighter I and EMT-B as a minimum. The present day staff consists of: Department Chief -- Brian Culp III Assistant Chief -- Mike Brophy Rescue, (EMS), Captain -- Becky Culp Rescue, (EMS), Lieutenant -- Jon Akaba Fire Captain -- Tina McCraw Fire Lieutenant -- Rodney Barilleaux Safety Officer -- Gary McCraw The area served encompasses approximately half of the county, reaching the Highland Meadows area to the West, with an estimated population of the region around 15,000. The department also provides Mutual Aid per agreement with all other departments in the county. At the present time, there is only one station, however, future planning exists for a substation to be located in the Highland Meadows Subdivision, (on highway 6, near I-40, by Laguna). This second station will greatly enhance service to our community resulting in substantially improving our response time. Due to the lack of adequate coverage in that area, we are finding that up to 30 minutes in response time can occur... we find this to be unacceptable in all emergency situations. The department utilizes two engines, one approximately 10 years old which carries 1200 gallons of water and the other being 25 years old and carries 750 gallons of water; two tankers with capacities of 4000 and 2000 gallons; our pride and joy, a brand new Rescue/Aid Unit purchased in August of 1997; a Rescue/Squad Unit which carries approximately 300 gallons of water, foam supply and MVA rescue tools; and last but not least, our brush truck, which was a "hand-me-down" from the US Forest Service and is actively utilzed for the accessibility to brush fire locations. Annually, LCVFD responds to an estimated 150 calls for fire emergencies and approximately 300 EMS/Rescue calls. Fire calls peak twice a year, during summer with the brush fires and Christmas with structure fires. Because the personnel are all volunteers, training presents a challenge due to the limitations and time availability of the individuals. To counteract this, the department holds weekly training meetings informally and formal training dates are always posted for those to take advantage of them at the department's expense, utilizing the EMS Academy, UNM-Valencia and the NM State Fire Acadamy in Socorro. Though limited, the department has reached various levels, such as HazMat Level 4, 70% of members holding EMT-B and 80% with Firefighter I certifications. Our department, as with all departments around the world, has an atmosphere and camaraderie which is very personal and "family-like". This personal, "family-like" air results in our caring greatly about each other, and other brothers and sisters in all emergency response services and of course our community that we provide service to. We hold "get-togethers" and "pot-lucks" at various times throughout the year and actively support, and are associated with, a variety of organizations: "MADD" "Missing Children" "Toys for Tots" IFSTA OSHA Volunteer Fireman's Insurance New Mexico Firefighters' Association International Association of Fire Chiefs.
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