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New Fire Station

Sandoval County Fire Station No. 43 opens it’s doors for business

The Sandoval County Fire Department hosted a Grand Opening Ceremony on November 18, for the newly constructed Fire Station No. 43, located at #10 Petroglyph Trail, Placitas, NM.

During the ceremony, Fire Chief Jon Tibbetts commented that, “Placitas is a very active community with regard to fire and EMS and they are there, these are people that live in your community and are there for you...I applaud all of you.”

“I think what we see today is really 20 years of change and how fire services and emergency services are delivered in Sandoval County,” said former County Manager Debbie Hays.

Station 43 is the first fire station in Sandoval County to be staffed by full-time firefighters and was funded by a combination of a Legislative Appropriation, ¼% Fire Protection Funds and Fire Bond funds. Fire Station 43 is a 7,800 square foot building that features sleeping quarters for four, four apparatus bays, kitchen, living area, a library/administration office, Emergency Management Office and an Emergency Operations Center. The cost of land and construction was approximately $1.3 million. Prior to construction of the new building, Sandoval paramedic/firefighters responded out the Town of Bernalillo’s EMS Station.

In appreciation of the people involved and their vision of the new facility, County Commision Chair Don Leonard said, “I’ve had the privileged of serving with two county managers, probably the two finest county managers that ever lived in the state, they have the knowledge and foresight to go forward...we’ve had a really great opportunity to make a difference in Sandoval County.”

According to Fire Chief Jon Tibbetts, “Fire Station 43 will help provide fire protection and EMS transport services to southern Sandoval County including Placitas, Algodones, the Town of Bernalillo, the Pueblo of Santa Ana, the Pueblo of Sandia, the Pueblo of San Felipe, and the I-25 corridor from mile marker 235 to 263. The size and functionality of the new station will be a great resource for the volunteer and career men and women that serve in the Sandoval County Fire Department.”

For more information about the Sandoval County Fire Department, please visit or call 505-867-2045.





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