The City of Sunland Park added a new truck to their fire department fleet, after a vote Tuesday by the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners approving the donation.
The red, 1994 International 4900 pump truck, formerly in service throughout Doña Ana County, was recently replaced with new apparatus, said Doña Ana County Fixed Assets Coordinator Ruben Martinez.
Rather than letting the trucks sit idle or put them up for auction, Doña Ana County solicited requests from municipal fire departments in Doña Ana County that could put the truck to use in their communities.
“Sunland Park was determined as an area of need,” Martinez said. “Not only considering the recent spike in their population, but because of the continued growth that is projected in that part of Doña Ana County.”
The truck, outfitted by Luverne Fire Apparatus, has fewer than 30,000 miles on it with 5,041 service hours logged. According to county maintenance records, the truck passed all recent inspections and has been fitted with an exhaust-filtration system. All maintenance records will be passed on to the City of Sunland Park for future reference.
“This is a tremendous boost to the firefighting capabilities of Sunland Park,” said Sunland Park Fire Chief Andres Burciaga. “As the population of our city continues to grow, so do the needs of our fire department. We are grateful for this generous donation.”
During Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, District 2 Doña Ana County Commissioner Dolores Saldaña-Caviness presented the keys to the truck to Burciaga, who took possession of the truck immediately.