Capital Outlay Funds Increase Southern New Mexico’s Fire Protection
Santa Fe, N.M. – The City of Sunland Park is commemorating three new firefighting vehicles this Wednesday, after recent investments totaling $1.4 million have resulted in one of the most modern fire departments in the state. The investments were made possible through funding from the City of Sunland Park, the New Mexico Finance Authority and the efforts of Representative Bealquin “Bill” Gomez (D-Sunland Park) who, over the past two years, has sponsored $370,000 in capital outlay funds to help the City purchase both a brand new fire truck and bus fire truck. Senator Cervantes (D-Las Cruces) also sponsored capital outlay funds.
“Using state capital outlay funds to improve public safety in our communities is not ‘pork,’ but represents precisely their intended purpose,” stated Representative Gomez. “I am proud of all of the partners involved in this process who came together to increase and modernize fire protection for the area.”
Existing firefighting equipment was so outdated that the Sunland Park City Council and Mayor Javier Perea voted to purchase a new fire truck for $615,000, and a bush fire truck for $280,000 to fully protect the community’s 20,000 residents. With additional help from the New Mexico Finance Authority, the City of Sunland Park is proud to provide state-of-the-art new firefighting vehicles.