Monday, October 19, 2009

Training Reminder: Thursday 22nd

We will be conducting training on Thursday at approx 6:30 pm. The topic will be Vehicle Firefighting. Specifically, it will be a classroom session concerning the dangers presented by modern vehicles and how time tested tactics need to be re-visited for our own safety in most cases. Updated basic tactics for combatting vehicles fires will be discussed.

For further info please contact the Fire Chief.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Fire Prevention Week

This week is Fire Prevention Week, an event that is celebrated by all fire departments in the USA. Two very notorious fires near the end of the 19th century led to it's creation, in the hopes that future catastrophes can be prevented. These two fires were the Great Chicago Fire, and the little known Peshtigo fire. These two fires caused tremendous property damage, and in the case of Peshtigo, virtually wiped the town off the face of the Earth with thousands of casualties. They also burned on the same date, at almost exactly the same time. Two simultaneous great fires were too much for the nation to take, and several years later a National Fire Prevention Week was created. It has been celebrated every year since.

Here are highlights from our activities at the High Rolls Elementary marking this occasion. A Fire Safety presentation was conducted and the children were allowed to play a game of "squirt the burning house" utilizing a wooden prop built for the occasion.

Pictured left to right are Firefighters Chris Ryan, Paul McCarty, Krystal Poindexter, and Tommy Hatfield.

New Fire Truck Due to Arrive...

High Rolls Fire is scheduled to take delivery of a new pumper apparatus from Artesia Fire Equipment during the month of October. This new truck will replace an older unit that has reached the end of it's service life. It is a wildland/urban interface type pumper, capable of performing structural fire or wildland fire suppression, and is on a short chassis for our mountainous environment. It will be placed into service in the Pineywoods Station.

Just in from Lincoln National Forest


Alamogordo, NM (October 8, 2009) - The Lincoln National
Sacramento Ranger District will conduct the
Salado Prescribed Burn
during the week of
October 19, 2009. The burn location is
three miles north of High Rolls, NM. Residents of the
High Rolls, Mountain Park, Fresnal Canyon, and La Luz
Canyon areas
may see and smell smoke for the duration
of the burn. During the
implementation of the burn,
smoke is expected to be highly visible
from NM Highway 70,
La Luz and Tularosa.
When the burning begins, signs will
be posted along roadways
affected by the smoke and
motorists are urged to use caution. Forest
will be posting current information regarding the
of the burn for communities and residents
in the area. As always,
firefighter and public safety
are a top priority.
For more information, please contact
the Sacramento Ranger District
Office at (575) 682-2551,
between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday
through Friday.
The address is: Sacramento Ranger District Office,

4 Lost Lodge Road, Cloudcroft, NM 88310

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Training Announcement : October

The month of October is a busy one for us here in the department.

The schedule looks like this:
1. 10-13-- 7 pm Cloudcroft VFD -- Patient handling training. (optional intra-department training).

2. Oct 10th - 11 am Fire Prevention Week Parade and Muster in Cloudcroft --county wide demos.

3. Oct 8th - Fire Prevention at High Rolls Elementary School --meet Main Station at 0830 am.

4. Oct 22 - 6:30 pm Vehicle fire training at the Main Station. (monthly scheduled training).

5. Oct 30 and 31st - Haz Mat Training at Main Station (must be registered!)

6. Introduction to Firefighting class set to begin. No date announced yet. Contact us for further info.