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Red Cross receives new ambulance and four-wheelers
By Susy Mazón
March 31, 2017. The local Red Cross recently received the donation of an ambulance via the State Red Cross, and José González, together with two four-wheelers acquired at the cost of $2200 each. These now form part of the local Red Cross’ vehicle pool, which includes 9 ambulances, a rescue vehicle, and an immediate response unit. These were made possible through steps of the local Red Cross Board, along with staff. It’ also worth noting the Red Cross Annual Fund Drive, which runs from March 14th – May 30th, is currently in full-swing with the goal of raising 500,000 pesos.
Civil Protection / Fire Department ready for Semana Santa
By José Antonio Perez
March 31, 2017. Staff from the Municipal Civil Protection Office and Fire Department are readying for high volumes of visitors to Puerto Peñasco over the Semana Santa (Holy Week) period. Fire Chief Javier Carrillo Ruiz noted despite one fatality over the busy Spring Break period, overall the busy period was favorable. As the population more than doubles during these times, he furthered, it is challenging to guarantee no fatal incidents though his department will be distributing both human and material resources across the city to help provide the best attention possible to emergencies that may arise. Carrillo Ruiz once more urged cooperation from ATV/Rhino rentals in helping to minimize accidents, which are among the most frequent reported.
It is important to note, emergencies can be reported by dialing 911 – just as in the U.S.
Partial lifting on “Red Tide” ban
By José Antonio Perez.
March 30, 2017. Health Control Director Carlos Decina Torres reports that following monitoring and ongoing studies, a partial ban on bivalve mollusks has been granted for this part of the Sea of Cortez. However, the ban- which had first been announced at the end of January – remains in place for four of seven polygons that have been subject to monitoring (including La Pinta, Bahía Adaír, and Morua – closest to Puerto Peñasco). Decina Torres emphasized monitoring efforts have shown positive results in most areas through samples, with a third monitoring to come in order to finally end the health ban on bivalve mollusks (i.e. oysters, clams). The state official thanked everyone for heeding the ban, as well as for patience from producers of bivalve mollusks, reiterating this has been a solely preventative measure to ensure no health risks persist.
City works on remodeling parks and installing police centers
Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. March 30, 2017. Joined by children and residents of the Obrera neighborhood, Mayor Kiko Munro inaugurated a new recreational park stressing, “Construction of duly equipped and safe public recreational spaces is reaching into all parts of the community, including those farthest out, such as now in the Obrera neighborhood where there was once an empty lot.” He detailed his administration has been able to fully rehabilitate the parks of “Gallo” Estrada, El Lápiz, Brisas del Golfo, La Bondojo, El Abuelo, Unidad Deportiva La Milla, and the Jesús Cota Miranda Athletic Center, along with three Community Centers in the Obrera, San Rafael and Nueva Esperanza neighborhoods, and now the La Obrera II Park.
Similarly, in working to provide greater safety to visitors and residents alike, the mayor inaugurated a second of a total of six police modules to be located across the city. This second fully equipped module is located near the entry point to the popular beach area known as Playa Hermosa, and comes after opening of a first site recently inaugurated at El Lápiz Park. A third site was opened during the week in the Ferrocarrilera neighborhood, with additional sites scheduled for Brisas del Golfo park, Derecho de Vía, along Blvd. Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, and another at the La Milla Recreational Area.
Welcome donation of equipment to Civil Protection and Fire Department
Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. March 29, 2017. The Municipal Civil Protection Unit and Fire Department received a donation of pre-hospital and emergency equipment worth approximately $50,000 USD from the Fire Departments of Show Low and Greer, Arizona, reported Fire Chief Francisco Javier Carrillo Ruíz. He detailed the White Mountain Ambulance Service of Greer, AZ, together with the City of Show Low, AZ presented local staff with sophisticated pre-hospital and emergency equipment consisting of defibrillators, oxygen tanks, instruments to dress broken bones, pumps, vests, and uniforms, among many other items and all of which were in very good condition.