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Albuquerque Fire and Rescue Implements New Bush Truck on Albuquerque’s West Side

May 22, 2019

Albuquerque Fire Rescues Wildland Division will add a 5th, wildland station to the division today. Station 22 is located on Albuquerque’s west side at Paradise Blvd and Unser. All 18 personnel assigned to this station will become trained to an advanced level of wildland firefighting and will respond to wildland fires around the ABQ Metro area. We will also be adding a brush truck to our fleet which was funded by Councilor Borrego.

“It is important that this type of facility be equipped with the right equipment to deal with our Bosque," City Councilor Cynthia Borrego said. "It’s important that the fire department have the right equipment to eliminate wild fires. Public safety is important to Albuquerque."

City Councilor Cynthia Borrego has been tremendous in helping AFR.

“This new brush truck is essential; it gives us another station where we have Wildland capabilities. We now have a brush truck that can respond to the West Mesa and the North side of the Bosque as well," Fire Chief Paul Dow said.

The equipment on this new truck was purchased with funds made from wildland fires AFR went out on around the United States during the 2018 fire season under the New Mexico Resource Mobilization Plan. 

Albuquerque Fire Rescue will begin Open Space Patrols this Saturday. These patrols will cover the 29,000 acres of open space lands around the city - encompassing the Foothills, West Mesa, and Bosque. Patrols will increase ten days before the 4th, of July and will continue until we see continuous moisture and the threat of wildfires is reduced. Despite recent rain we still take the threat of wildfires seriously. Our seasonal grasses are beginning to dry out and will be primed for extreme fire conditions soon.