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By Debbie Israel


Center Point #2 Nears Completion


Debbie Israel

Center Point Fire Station Number 2, nears completion on Navajo Dam Road, NM173

Right outside the Aztec City Limits on the Navajo Dam Road, NM 173, a new fire station is currently in the works, and nearing completion. The station will be known as Center Point Station 2, because the Center Point station responds to calls in that area.

According to San Juan County Fire Chief Craig Daugherty, there are eight volunteer firefighters already in that area, so the new station will cut down on response time. "This station is unique in that we've added living quarters. It's called a residency program," Daugherty said. Hopes are that firefighters from other areas may volunteer some of their spare time, spend the night at the station, and be on-call. He said the county fire departments are still recruiting, as they can always use more volunteers.

The property for the stations was purchased by the county several years ago, and the station has been in the planning stages for approximately three years, he said. Funding came from bond money approved by County Commissioners, grant money, excise tax dollars and the State Fire Fund.

The San Juan County Fire Department operates out of 22 stations currently, with approximately 250 active volunteers. They provide first response fire and medical services, along with paramedic ambulances, first response hazardous materials, fire suppression, wild-land firefighting and rescue services.

The final details at the new station are now being taken care of and an open house and ribbon cutting will be planned for some time in May.


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