The Tucumcari Fire Department is getting a new fire truck by way of a grant from the New Mexico governor’s office, and members of the fire department are elated about it.
“We are very happy about this news,” said Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry when he heard it was official that Tucumcari would be receiving funding for a new “quick attack” truck. “We definitely do appreciate the governor coming up with the money for the truck.”
Cherry said that the Tucumcari Fire Department had submitted a grant proposal in early September for the money to purchase the truck in order to help the department serve the town better.
He said they were forced to go the route of a grant proposal since money was so tight in Tucumcari and the $81,500 required for the 250-gallon-per-minute pumping truck was simply out of reach for the local economy.
“Because of budget constraints we couldn’t afford something like this,” said Cherry. “Something we could never go out and get without the help of the state.”
Cherry said the new vehicle will help the fire department in a variety of ways.
“It is smaller and more maneuverable and four-wheel drive so it will be able to get into places that we were not able to get into easily before.,” said Cherry.
The fire chief pointed out that the higher maneuverability would be very useful in dealing with rural fires that encroach or threaten to encroach on homes and other structures.
“This is a welcome addition to our force,” said Cherry. “It’s really needed in our areas.”
Governor Bill Richardson said this and the other 46 grants that purchased fire fighting equipment was indeed needed in New Mexico.
“I am proud of our firefighters,” Richardson said. “They are courageous men and women who risk their lives to keep our communities and our citizens safe. I am committed to giving them the best tools to do their jobs.
Other counties other than Quay receiving firefighting equipment were: Bernalillo, Catron, Chaves, Cibola, Colfax, Curry, De Baca, Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Guadalupe, Harding, Hidalgo, Lea, LIncoln, Los Alamos, Luna, McKinley, Mora, Otero, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, San Juan, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro, Taos, Torrance, Union and Valencia.