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Bernalillo County Fire Department Showcases New Fire Engine in the Village of Los Ranchos with Push-in Ceremony

02/21/2017

The county Fire Department and the Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque will unveil a new fire engine at Bernalillo County Fire Department (BCFD) Station 30 on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m.

The event will take place in the village with a traditional push-in ceremony at BCFD Fire Station 30, 6697 Fourth Street NW, just north of Osuna.

Part of the traditional housing ceremony for a new fire engine includes having the firefighters push the new engine into the firehouse.  The practice originated during the time when horse drawn fire equipment was used and could not be easily backed into the building by the horses. Each time the equipment was used, the horses were washed down and the firefighting apparatus was pushed back into the station.

“The fire service has many time-honored traditions, like the push-in ceremony.” says Bernalillo County Fire Chief Celaya. “Doing this honors the history of the fire service, its old and former members but it is also intended to display unity among the current members, while bringing public safety to the forefront for our community.”

“The purchase of this new fire engine is yet one more demonstration of the fine stewardship by the county and the village of our taxpayer resources,” says Los Ranchos Mayor Larry Abraham. “The Village of Los Ranchos is proud of its partnership with the Bernalillo County Fire Department and feels it reflects the best delivery of essential services to the residents of the county and the village. When government entities work together in a regional effort, the residents ultimately benefit.”

The cost for this new engine for Station 30 is $559,469 with funding coming from multiple sources. Fire funds are monies provided by the state Fire Marshal’s Office.

-Village of Los Ranchos Fire Funds-$330,000

-Bernalillo County General Fund-$227,469

-Bernalillo County Fire Funds-$2,000.

In 2009, The Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque and Bernalillo County signed an inter-governmental agreement regarding fire coverage in the village. Under the agreement, the Bernalillo County Fire Department provides staffing and service delivery and the village provides equipment and the facility.

Under that agreement, Station 30 was built to replace the old village fire station that was next to the village administrative offices on Rio Grande Boulevard.

Today the old village fire engine is being replaced with a new 2016 Pierce Velocity engine.

The entire Village of Los Ranchos is serviced by the Bernalillo County Fire Department. The village is also covered by the Albuquerque Fire Department under the closest unit response agreement.

The closest unit response agreement allows either BCFD or AFD to respond to calls, depending on who’s closest. 

New Fire Truck in Village of Los Ranchos

 

 

 

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