Gov. Lujan Grisham signs bipartisan measure providing more funding for N.M. firefighters
SANTA FE, NM (STL.News) Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday signed into law a measure that will help fire departments across New Mexico purchase essential equipment, including water tanks, firetrucks and personal protective equipment.
“Local firefighters provide incredible services to our communities, and we have a responsibility to ensure they have all the tools they need to do their jobs safely and effectively,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham.
Sponsored by Sen. William Burt and Rep. Gail Armstrong, the bill passed both the House and the Senate with unanimous votes. Throughout the legislative session, the bill was supported by a broad, bipartisan coalition of legislators and community leaders.
“This legislation codifies our commitment to supporting first responders in our state,” said Sen. William Burt. “Simply put—funding for fire and rescue saves lives. This bill ensures our hard working fire and rescue crews have continued access to grant funds for the life saving tools they need to do their jobs. I’m grateful that Governor Lujan Grisham recognizes the importance of keeping this fund protected and has signed this legislation into law.”
Senate Bill 256 enables fire departments to access 100 percent of the available capital in the Fire Protection Fund.