Pecos Canyon News
Despite our best attempts and despite the support and help from many people, today I was officially terminated by San Miguel county.
My experience as a paid fire fighter retiring from Los Alamos Fire department five years ago, taught me what a quality department should consist of and what we needed to do to reach that level. I and the members of the department worked hard toward those goals. My focus during this time was entirely on reaching those goals. We completed many that I am very proud of. Unfortunately, we did not complete all the goals we set out to accomplish.
I would like to thank all of you who supported me and Pecos Canyon Fire & Rescue over the years, and especially over the past four years since I became its volunteer Chief.
The status and future of the department is unclear at this point. If you have questions about that, direct them to the San Miguel County manager.
I am very proud of the work we did and the accomplishments made for the benef ~Eric Roybal
San Miguel County has just released the new alert notification system for the area. Go to http://tinyurl.com/smc-lv-oem-alert and sign up! Please share this with everyone you know. ~Eric Roybal
UPDATE: All three call boxes in the canyon are now in full service. We would like to thank all who assisted with this project!
UPDATE: The call box at Terrero is now fully functional.
As most of you know, there is no cell phone service north of mile marker ten in the Pecos Canyon. As a result, if there is an emergency in the canyon, visitors must drive back down the canyon to call 911. To try to minimize this, Pecos Canyon Fire & Rescue, with a generous grant from the Philip R. Jonsson Foundation is installing 3 emergency call boxes in the canyon. One call box is at our station, one is at the Terrero Store and the third is at Cowles near the ponds. We have been working on this project for over a year. I am proud to say that our first call box (at our fire station) is in full service! ~Eric Roybal
ISO Community Report
Announcement by Eric Roybal, Chief
New ISO Rating: 6/10
I am very proud to announce that Pecos Canyon Fire & Rescue has just received our new Insurance Services Office (ISO) Community Report. The report is the culmination of years of hard work from our members and highlights an inspection that was conducted in December, 2013.
The inspection consists of reviewing training hours, training types, apparatus and the equipment each unit is required to carry, Pre-Incident plans of businesses and private homes in our fire district, our dispatch center and water supply.
Fire departments are rated from 1-10 with 1 being the best. Some, including ours have a split class.
Our previous ISO rating was a 9/10, our new ISO Rating is 6/10 and will go into full effect on 8-1-14.
You might ask, what does this mean for residents of the Pecos Canyon? What this means is that if you live seven road miles from our fire station at mile marker 16.4, you may be eligible for a considerable discount in your insurance premiums beginning on 8-1-14. Unfortunately, those residents who live outside the 7 miles will remain an ISO Class 10. Please call your insurance company and advise them of this change as soon as possible.
What does this mean for Pecos Canyon Fire & Rescue? ISO ratings determine the amount of money fire departments receive from the NM Fire Fund. The lower the rating, the more operating money the department receives for each fire station in operation. We currently have one station in operation. The new classification means that our annual funding will increase by about $30,000.00 per year which translates to better equipment and training for our department which in turn means better service to the community we serve. In San Miguel county, Pecos Canyon Fire & Rescue and Conchas Fire Department have the lowest ISO rating.
We are currently in the process of trying to secure a location for a second fire station at the Lisboa Springs Hatchery. If we can accomplish this, the additional station will provide better fire protection and lower insurance rates to the south end of our fire district and provide additional money to the department.
I would like to thank all those who assisted the department with monetary contributions and support. Those contributions were a huge help in getting the reduced ISO rating. I would also like to thank our members who contributed their time and talent to improve our department.
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