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Paramedics Esquipula Tenorio, Sara Jones, Nathaniel Meisner, and Matthew Chinchilla are this week’s Friday’s Heroes.

July 13, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - On Friday, July 13, 2012, Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized a group of members from the Albuquerque Fire Department for their roles in helping assist crews from around the state with the Whitewater Fire in the Gila Wilderness.

Paramedics Esquipula Tenorio, Sara Jones, Nathaniel Meisner, and Matthew Chinchilla are this week’s Friday’s Heroes.

These paramedics were sent to assist in fighting the Whitewater Fire from May 18 until May 25 of this year. Even though they were away from home and their typical work settings, these members made the best of the situation. Each day of the week the members worked hard to ensure that they did what was needed to be done and did so in a professional manner.

"When AFD sends members to assist other agencies across the state and even nation, they are showing the true definition of being a great neighbor," Mayor Richard J. Berry said. "It is important to also know that these men and women are working further away from home and for a longer period of time than they or their families are accustomed."

Back in 2001 New Mexico State Forestry and multiple municipal and county fire departments got together and developed the Resource Mobilization Plan.  This plan allows for resources from county and municipal fire departments to be mobilized to help fight wild land fires nationwide.  Two years later the Federal Government created the Department of Homeland Security and adopted a similar plan known as NIMMS which allows for units to also be dispatched by FEMA for fighting wild land fires. 

11 years later the AFD still participates in both of these plans sending firefighters and equipment nationwide to help fight wild land fires.  This year alone firefighters and equipment were sent to over nine fires.  On just about every fire which our firefighters go to they come back with letters of commendation or shining evaluations.  Today's crew is an example of one of those raving reviews.

A letter was sent to the City of Albuquerque trumpeting the hard work of this particular group of paramedics. In the letter this group was applauded for their "professionalism," "skill," and "compassion."

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