Tower to be raised for New Regional Emergency Communications this Week Sandoval County, New Mexico.—
The 180-foot communications tower to support a regional emergency communications
system for communities throughout Sandoval County and Bernalillo Counties will be raised during the week February 2-6, 2015 weather permitting. “This is strictly a public safety initiative,” Corrales Fire Chief Martinez said. “This is not a cell phone tower, and no commercial enterprises are benefitting from this project.”
David Bervin, Sandoval County’s Assistant Fire Chief for Emergency Management, said the
tower “will facilitate a clear line for emergency communications from Isleta to Cochiti. We’ll be
able to communicate during widespread incidents such as wildfires, river rescues, and masscasualty incidents.”
The project is a cooperative effort among multiple communities. The City of Rio Rancho is
providing the tower, which previously was located at one of its fire stations. The Village of
Corrales is donating the land, as well as contributing $150,000 it secured from the state
legislature for construction costs. Sandoval County garnered an $116,000 grant from the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security for additional construction costs. The county also is working
with a contractor to ensure the site complies with all federal environmental requirements. The tower can be seen from the industrial park area of Rio Rancho, most of Corrales, and from Hwy 528 and I-25.