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Storm Keeps Firefighters Busy - Thursday evening an intense thunderstorm made its way across L0731081849as Cruces and Mesilla wreaking havoc on trees and power lines and causing some local flooding. Several trees in Mesilla were damaged and had to be removed by fire crews or utility workers. Additionally cable, phone and power lines were damaged with some services not being restored until the next morning. Thankfully no injuries were reported. The 7 calls for service in a 4 hour period almost matched a record of 8 calls set on December 23, 2005 during a severe ice storm.


imagejpeg_2Driver Strikes Guardrail After Falling Asleep - Members of a Texas family were injured when the SUV they were traveling in left the roadway of Interstate 10 and struck a guardrail. State Police at the scene stated the driver may have fallen asleep while returning to Texas from a vacation in California. Severe damage occurred to the vehicle and the driver had to be extricated by use of the Holmatro tool. Brush 31 and Rescue 31 assisted Fairacres, Dona Ana and Deming fire units during the call. Patients were transported to both Las Cruces and Deming hospitals by AMR and Deming FD units.


I-10 Rollover Leads to Multiple Injuries - NM State Police believe a blown front tire led to a one-vehicle rollover Interstate 10 leading to the injuries of four people including 2 small children. The accident happened around noon in the westbound lanes. It began when the right rear tire on a maroon 1999 Chevrolet Blazer blew, sending 20080407 I-10the westbound vehicle into a skid and causing it to roll at least four times in the median, said New Mexico State Police Capt. Richard Williams. Several motorists stopped at the scene of an accident Monday and lifted the Blazer off a woman who had been pinned beneath it. "They may have saved her life," New Mexico State Police Capt. Richard Williams said. "We want to say thank you to them. They may have saved that person's life.”  Mesilla responded as mutual aid to Dona Ana County with Brush 31 and Rescue 31 to assist in patient care. A landing zone was established for two Medevac choppers used to airlift an adult and child to the trauma center in El Paso. The other patients were transported by AMR to a local hospital.


2355 ADM(1)4-4-08Bad Parallel Parking 04/04/2008 - The driver of this vehicle learned a harsh lesson when she attempted to multitask while driving her SUV. The young female driver was talking on her cell phone while driving south on Avenida de Mesilla (ADM) when she saw a friend in front of San Andres High School she had to wave at. Fortunately no injuries occurred in this accident.  Rescue 31 stood by to contain leaking transmission fluid until a tow truck could lift the vehicle off the rock and the secure the damage. The landscaping along ADM not only improves the look of the median but prevented this vehicle from entering the oncoming lanes.


Post Office Scare - Station 31 rolled out to the Mesilla Post Office when a customer reported smoke 052508 Post Officein the building while collecting their mail. Units arrived to find light smoke in the post box lobby and the smell of burning insulation. Upon investigation it was found a fluorescent light ballast had overheated causing the problem. Mesilla was assisted by the University Fire Department’s thermal imaging camera to check for hot spots. Of note is that Station 31 handled a MVA and EMS call at other locations during operations at the post office.  Minimal damage occurred to the post office building and postal service remained uninterrupted.


040608 Calle del NortePlowing and Driving Don’t Mix - Rescue 31 and Brush 31 responded to an MVA when the driver of this SUV failed to pay more attention to our rural roadway restrictions.  After attending an afternoon BBQ the owner of this vehicle ran off the shoulder of Calle del Norte rolling his vehicle once before coming to a rest. The driver managed to not spill the cocktail he had in his lap but did not avoid being arrested for DUI by Mesilla Marshal’s deputies  Use of a seat belt and air bags helped prevent any injuries from occurring to the driver.


Control Burn Gets Out of Hand, 03/02/2008 - Fire units were called out to a combination brush and vehicle fire when a burn being conducted by the property owners blew out of control. High winds picked up in the area and quickly pushed the Roadrunner_Fire_004fire across a drainage lateral into a field containing a 52 foot trailer full of hay and another vehicle. The property owner’s home was also threatened and exposures also include an above ground fuel tank. Apparatus from Mesilla, Las Cruces, South Valley and Dona Ana assisted the Fairacres Fire Department in containing the fire and eventual extinguishment. The high winds hampered efforts for a time but as resources arrived, firefighters gained the upper hand. The vehicles were a total loss but no structures were damaged and no injuries occurred. This fire showed how important good tanker shuttle operations and proper application of ICS make the difference.


Vehicle roll over on Calle Del Norte - Early on the morning of February 2 units for the Mesilla and Fairacres fire departments responded when the lone driver of this vehicle failed to negotiate the curve from Calle del Norte to S Fairacres road.  The Isuzu Rodeo overturned when the driver tried to overcorrect and struck a phone box and took out a utility pole and fence before coming to rest in a plowed field. Amazing the driver escaped with no injuries according to EMS and refused transport. She was then given a field sobriety test and subsequently arrested for suspicion of DUI.

S Fairacres 2-2-08Firefighter Paul Ford is securing the electrical hazards present on the overturned vehicle.

 

 


 


September 11th Remembrance Ceremonies - Members of the Mesilla Fire Department took part in Santa Fe 9 11 2007 049Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe along with other firefighters(FF) from around New Mexico.  The day coincides with Patriot Day and not only honors those who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 but also honors all firefighters who have given their lives in the line of duty.  FF Ricardo Munoz, James Padilla and Paul Ford took part in the ceremonies.  Brush 31 took part in the procession of apparatus. FF Ford was given the honor of laying the New Mexico state flag representing New Mexico Firefighters who  have given  their all atop 343 roses representing the FDNY firefighters who gave their lives at Ground Zero.


Firefighters Attend 52nd Annual NM Firefighters Training Academy - Firefighters James Padilla, John Casal, Paul Ford, Samantha Brawley and Fire Chief Kevin Hoban attended the 52nd Annual New Mexico Firefighters Training Academy held inFire_School Socorro, NM. The training academy offered a variety of courses ranging from vehicle extrication, flammable liquids and structural firefighting. The Firefighters attended the Flammables and Combustible Liquid Emergencies Course. This course is the first of ten courses required to obtain the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Firefighter II Certification. The Firefighters spent a total of five days at the Training Academy and during that time took first place in the Firefighters Water Polo Challenge. More Photos


Fire Safety House Demonstrations a Big Hit, 5-2-07 - It was a busy afternoon as Mesilla Elementary School hosted their annual Health Fair on the school grounds. Nearly 350 P1010097students along with teachers and sponsors participated in displays and booths from various local agencies including the US Border Patrol, American Red Cross, and Southwest Ambulance to name just a few. The Mesilla Fire Department's Safety House was a big hit as members put on safety demonstrations of what to do should fire occur in a home. The static displays of Engine 3101 and various equipment was also a crowd pleaser.


Mesilla Fire Department spends a Day with the Easter Bunny, 4-6-07 - P1010069The Easter Bunny made a big entrance aboard Engine 3101 at the Plaza to the delight of students from Mesilla Elementary School.  An Easter egg hunt was held soon after Mr. Bunny's arrival and the air was filled with laughter and joyful screaming as a mad scramble to collect eggs from the hundreds that colored the plaza.  Then everyone settled down to snacks and punch served up by the Parent/Teacher Organization.


DSC03340Motorcycle Accident on Calle Del Norte, 4-9-07 - Units from Mesilla and South Valley Fire Department responded to a motorcycle accident at Calle del Norte and the Rio Grande river bridge. Due to the mechanism of injury, Southwest Medevac was placed on standby. Upon arrival a motorcyclist was found next to his motorcycle after having lost control due to gravel, while negotiating the curve from N Fairacres Rd to Calle del Norte. It appeared that a telephone pole cable on the side of the road assisted in stopping the bike preventing both the driver and motorcycle from potentially ending up in the river. The driver, who was alone on the bike, was treated on scene and transported non-emergency to Memorial Medical Center by Southwest Ambulance AP6.


Brush Fire 1380 Snow Rd, 3-19-07 - Mesilla fire units responded to a brush fire at 1380 Snow Rd. The call was reported to be threatening vehicles on the property. The fire Brush Fire 3-19-07 025was spread over two acres and moving in three directions fanned by 10 to 20 mph winds. Additional MFD units were requested as well as a tanker 1201 from neighboring Fairacres Fire Department. The fire was brought under control in approximately 15 minutes. Cleanup consisting of the use of hand tools and water continued for another hour. Burned material consisted of brush and vegetation only. No property loss was attributed to the fire and the cause remains under investigation.

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New Fire Chief Appointed, 3-12-07 - Chaplian Kevin Hoban has been appointed as the new Fire Chief at the Mesilla Fire Department. Former Chief Chad Zecha is moving back to Arizona for family and personal reasons. He will be appointed as a Captain with Rural Metro Fire Department in Phoenix, Arizona. Kevin has resigned from his current positions at Mountain View Medical Center and has been begun working full time as the new Fire Chief. He is very excited about his new position and hopes that he can implement new changes that will only improve upon the foundation that Chief Zecha has laid down for him. The members of the Mesilla Fire Department would like to thank Chief Zecha for his 13 years of honorable commitment, dedication and perseverance.


 

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