Eddy County Fire seeks $3M for new equipment for volunteers

Millions of dollars from a State of New Mexico fire protection fund was sought by Eddy County Fire and Rescue (ECFR) for new vehicles, equipment, and a fire station for Happy Valley.

ECFR applied for over $3 million in New Mexico Fire Protection Grant Funds for the 13 volunteer fire departments in Eddy County, said New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DSHEM) Spokesperson Brian Sayler.

He said money from a three percent tax on home, business, and automobile insurance pays for fire protection in New Mexico.

“From that three percent premium, there’s a pool that goes out directly to fire departments through a schedule based on Insurance Services Office (ISO) ratings, it’s a private data collecting firm that does an evaluation on how ready fire locales are and that affects their insurance premiums,” Sayler said.