Commissioner De La Cruz recognized the need and helped secure funding to purchase a specialized fire truck that could withstand the rough terrain of the Pajarito Mesa. The Bernalillo County Fire Department (BCFD) now answers calls in a new type III wildland fire truck. It is a 4 wheel drive vehicle that travels where the full size pumper and ladder trucks cannot easily go and the vehicle is equipped with a 500-gallon water tank to help with fires in areas with limited water supply. The new wildland fire truck is based at the BCFD Station 34 on Coors and Don Felipe SW. It’s the main first response vehicle for fire and rescue calls at the Pajarito Mesa and for wildland fires in the East Mountains and around the county, when the need arises.
“I am proud to have initiated the process for purchasing this state-of-the-art truck that will enhance the fire department’s response time to emergencies for the people in Pajarito Mesa. It is equipped to travel in rough terrain and will save the taxpayers money, as the county will no longer need to expend maintenance and repair dollars on our existing fire trucks that can’t easily navigate that same terrain,” says Commissioner De La Cruz.