Mayor Asks State for Fire Trucks and Air Packs
Mayor Richard J. Berry submitted a proposal to Governor Bill Richardson’s Administration Wednesday asking that $1 million in stimulus money that was requested to be spent on a new fire station be used to buy air packs for firefighters or two new fire trucks.
Previously, the city had applied for $1 million grant from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act to build a new Fire Station No. 7 on the city’s Westside. The State and the City were unable to reach a written agreement on a timing in which the funds had to be spent.
On Wednesday, Mayor Berry sent a formal request to the Richardson Administration asking that the potential grant money be spent on either self contained breathing apparatuses or two pumper trucks.
“Firefighters are true heroes and we want to do all we can to get them home safe at the end of their shift,” Mayor Berry said. “Additional equipment will help us do that. We appreciate Governor Richardson taking the time to consider our requests.”
Mayor Berry said Fire Station 7 is still a priority for his administration, Fire Chief James Breen and the City Council. The Mayor said he is working with Council to seek alternate funding.
“We are still moving forward with the project,” Mayor Berry said. “If we were fortunate enough to get funding for the breathing apparatuses or the trucks and we can work as a city to get Fire Station No. 7 built, it will be a win-win for public safety in Albuquerque.”
Fire Chief James Breen said Wednesday the trucks and the air packs are vital to the success of the department.
“We appreciate the Governor considering either one of these requests,” Breen said. “Both are critical to our mission and firefighter safety.”