Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Paperwork Holds Up Fire Department Split.

Byline: Arley Sanchez Journal Staff Writer

A proposed split of the Valencia-El Cerro fire department into two separate departments is expected to take a little longer, county Fire Marshal John Cherry said.

A new fire district is being created for the El Cerro Mission area so both areas can be better protected, Cherry told the County Commission on Monday.

Cherry said he had hoped the split could be accomplished by this month, but he told commissioners it was "practically impossible" to complete the administrative paperwork necessary before June.

Since El Cerro Mission has had a substation, it won't have to wait for a year for state fire protection funding as is usually the case under state regulations, Cherry said. …

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