Fire Dept. purchases new equipment

May 22, 2012 • Local News

Beau Roach checks out one of the three new fire trucks obtained by the Roswell Fire Department and housed at Station 3 temporarily, Friday morning. Mark Wilson Photo

The City of Roswell purchased three new fire engines [auth] for the Fire Department for a total cost of $1.6 million. The vehicles were budgeted and the purchase was partially funded by the New Mexico State Fire Fund.

“We receive an annual allotment. The money comes from homeowner insurance,” RFD Chief Chad Hamill said. He explained that the money is then divided by the state and distributed amongst its communities.

The two pumpers will go to Fire Stations No. 2, 501 E. McGaffey St., and No. 5, 701 W. Gayle St. The ladder truck will go to Fire Station No. 6, 1501 N. Sycamore Ave.

“We can be anywhere very quickly,” Hamill said. “We will now have one reserve unit in each of the fire stations, for those times when we are busy.”

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