Northwest Albuquerque fire station expected to get new rescue unit

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – City council is hoping to get a key resource to the fire station near 4th Street and I-40.

“We had an emergency rescue unit here in the past but because of growth in other parts of the city that was moved away from this area,” said Albuquerque City Councilor Isaac Benton.

Under a bill heard at Monday night’s meeting and voted unanimously by city councilors, the city is buying a new rescue unit that will be housed at Fire Station #4.

Firefighters from the station were at the meeting in support for the bill.

“The importance of having a transport capable unit as part of the taskforce, is this unit is responsible for leading the medical division on scene,” said one of the firefighters.

Fire Chief David Downey says the move should help public safety especially on the freeways.

“They’ll help with response times of course. The more units you have available, the faster you can respond to calls, and yeah, we are right next to I-40 specifically and the Big I’s just down the road,” said Chief Downey.

The new unit is expected to arrive sometime in January.

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