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BernCo Fire Station Has Quicker Access to Paseo del Norte Boulevard, Decreasing Response Travel Times

06/21/2016

Commissioner Lonnie C. Talbert, along with State Representative William Rehm and Fire Division Chief Brian Kadle, today cut the ribbon on the new access road to Paseo del Norte that will provide a significant reduction in travel time for fire personnel who respond to fires and other emergencies.

The new road and gate access allows firefighters to get to a fire or medical emergency 44 seconds faster for westbound calls and 21 seconds faster for eastbound calls. Previously, fire engines had to travel a little out of the way to get to Paseo del Norte.

The new direct access to Paseo del Norte Boulevard is vital to the county’s commitment to the safety of our community,” says Commissioner Lonnie Talbert. “But equally as important, is the community’s understanding of how this new system works.”

The new gate access system is automatically activated when county fire personnel respond to an emergency.

The new system coordinates the flashing lights at the new gate access with the traffic lights at both Paseo del Norte Boulevard intersections at Lowell and Browning Streets. The intersection traffic lights will turn red in all four directions, stopping traffic along Paseo del Norte Boulevard. The vehicles that are caught in between those intersections should immediately pull over to the right to clear the boulevard for the fire engine.

“A noticeable reduction in response time has already been experienced by county fire crews,” says Fire Chief Chris Celaya. “The new direct access to Paseo del Norte Boulevard is saving our fire personnel precious seconds when they respond to emergency calls.”

Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque participate in a mutual aid agreement. Meaning that fire station #35 responds to fires and emergency calls both in the unincorporated areas of the county – outside of the city limits – and within the city limits, in the City of Albuquerque.

State Representative Bill Rehm and State Senator Mark Moores obtained the legislative funding to construct the new direct access to Paseo del Norte Boulevard for county fire station #35.

 

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