SANDOVAL, COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – A recent study reveals low staffing numbers for Sandoval County’s Fire Department and not enough funding.

Sandoval County fire manages more than 3,700 square miles from Cuba to Placitas. They also help out the city of Bernalillo and Rio Rancho fire departments, and they often assist on wildfires. But the department says low staffing has been making it difficult.

An outside firm recently compiled a report that shows Sandoval County has only about a tenth of the firefighters other county departments in the region do.

“In terms of additional funding for the budget this year, it’s not really there,” said Sandoval County spokesperson Sidney Hill.

Hill says it has a lot to do with statewide budget constraints.

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