Bernco commisioners approve fire jurisdiction plan

Posted at: 04/10/2013 6:12 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

When a fire breaks out, seconds count. But right now in Albuquerque, sometimes the closest firefighter to the flames isn’t allowed to respond. But that’s about to change.

Bernalillo County commissioners have approved a plan that will allow some city and county firefighters to go to fires—no matter whether or not it’s in their jurisdiction.

Talya Thomas lives in the North Valley. She knew exactly what she was looking for when shopping for a home. “I have three small children and the sooner they can get here the better,” said Thomas.

She had to be close to a fire station and she is. Fire station 20 is just down the road. But not everyone is as lucky. Right now, depending on where you live will determine whether a city or a county firefighter will respond.

But that’s about to change. Starting next week, some of those jurisdiction boundaries will be lifted.

Bernalillo County and Albuquerque Fire will see how this goes in the North Valley.

If it does well, it will be extended to all of Albuquerque. “Just to know that it feels safer in this community and I’ve never had any problems,” added Thomas.