Interim Ladder Truck for the Westside of Albuquerque
July 17, 2012
Albuquerque- The Westside of Albuquerque now has another ladder truck to call their own. This weekend Ladder 17, a reserve ladder, was allocated to the Westside district while the area awaits the delivery of the brand new ladder truck, expected at the end of this year.
"We told the Westside community we would bring them a ladder truck and we did,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “This temporary truck is phase one of enhancing our coverage on the Westside and we look forward to our brand new truck being delivered this winter."
Communities impacted by this new Ladder include areas located south of Montano and west of the Rio Grande. This is a benchmark for the Albuquerque Fire Department who will be staffing the unit with three firefighters. Ladder 17 is a welcome addition to Ladder 21, located near Cottonwood Mall. Westside Councilors Dan Lewis and Ken Sanchez say this step will help reduce redundancies and increase efficiencies.
"I am so thankful to the City Council for supporting Ladder 17 and recognizing the paramount importance of the safety of the City’s Westside citizens," said Councilor Lewis.
"I am very grateful to the Albuquerque City Council and for the necessary funding to improve this public safety initiative. This is long overdue for Albuquerque Westside residents," said Councilor Sanchez. "This ladder will make a safer place for the residents of Albuquerque’s Westside."
Ladder 17 will be located at Fire Station 17, located at 3630 Yucca NW.