Dexter (NM) Fire and Rescue will receive $300,000, while the Berrendo Fire Department will be awarded $134,000 in state grants for new equipment, reports rdrnews.com.
Dexter fire officials say their money will be used to cover the cost of a 1,500-gallon-per-minute tanker, as the department currently has a 1981 semi tractor-trailer tanker that carries 6,800 gallons of water but only pumps 70 gallons per minute, according to the report.
Berrendo fire officials say their funds will be used to cover the cost of replacing self-contained breathing apparatuses.
The grants are among the $20 million for the 100-plus fire departments in 28 NM counties authorized by the New Mexico Fire Grant Council. The grant money comes from the state’s 3% tax on automobile and fire insurance.