New stations offer better living and working conditions for fire fighters and additional firefighting resources
December 21, 2012
Albuquerque- Public safety took a leap forward today with the grand opening of two new fire stations in Albuquerque. Mayor Richard J. Berry joined fire fighters, neighborhood leaders and other elected officials to open Fire Station 2, near Gibson and I-25 and Fire Station 7, near Central and 57th.
Identical designs were chosen for both stations, in an effort to be financially efficient. The streamlined buildings are both 9,000 square feet and include three apparatus bays, a kitchen, living quarters, and exercise rooms. The exterior of both building integrates “Lobo” colors into the design by using dark grey and white concrete blocks, accented by silver and cherry metal panel systems.
Land for Fire Station 2 was acquired through a land-exchange agreement with the University of New Mexico. The city was able to build the fire station, while UNM plans on using the land they received in the North Valley to create a neighborhood health clinic. Earlier this year, Station 2 was dedicated to victims of terrorist attacks at the 11th annual 9/11 memorial. Fire Station 2 was funded through taxpayer approved GO Bonds (from 2003 and 2007), public safety tax, and public safety funds from the Red Light Camera program. The cost for this station was $2.7 million.
Funding for Fire Station 7 came from impact fee revenues, state grant funds, and public safety funds from the Red Light Camera program. The total cost for this station is $3 million.
"We made a pledged to residents near both fire stations and our fire fighters that the new stations would be completed by the first of the year and I am pleased that those promises made have become promises kept." said Mayor Berry.