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New Fire Station Hosts Open House

Air Commandos take a break after giving tours of the new fire station to members of base housing at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., June 6, 2019. Firefighters have seven minutes to respond to a structural fire and the new station gives them the ability to arrive at any location in Chavez in less. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon R. Walter III)

Air Commandos take a break after giving tours of the new fire station to members of base housing at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., June 6, 2019. Firefighters have seven minutes to respond to a structural fire and the new station gives them the ability to arrive at any location in Chavez in less. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon R. Walter III)

Cannon residents wait in line to see the inside of a fire engine at the new fire station at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., June 6, 2019. The fire station, officially opened June 1, was constructed to provide a location for Cannon’s firefighters closer to Chavez housing and respond to calls within their short time limit. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon R. Walter III)

Cannon residents wait in line to see the inside of a fire engine at the new fire station at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., June 6, 2019. The fire station, officially opened June 1, was constructed to provide a location for Cannon’s firefighters closer to Chavez housing and respond to calls within their short time limit. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon R. Walter III)

Staff Sgt. Danny Russo, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter crew chief, gives a tour to the new fire station to wing leadership at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., June 6, 2019. The station was built with the intention of holding four firefighters, to complement the standard fire engine in its garage. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon R. Walter III)

Staff Sgt. Danny Russo, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter crew chief, gives a tour to the new fire station to wing leadership at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., June 6, 2019. The station was built with the intention of holding four firefighters, to complement the standard fire engine in its garage. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon R. Walter III)

Airman 1st Class Devon Glasco, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, shows an open house visitor a hydraulic rescue tool at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., June 6, 2019. Chavez housing residents were given a tour around the facility during the open house to give them a better understanding of the new station. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon R. Walter III)

Airman 1st Class Devon Glasco, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, shows an open house visitor a hydraulic rescue tool at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., June 6, 2019. Chavez housing residents were given a tour around the facility during the open house to give them a better understanding of the new station. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon R. Walter III)

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

The Cannon Air Force Base Fire Department held an open house to celebrate the grand opening of a new fire station near Cannon Family Homes at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., June 6, 2019.

The fire station, officially opened June 1, was constructed to provide a location for Cannon’s firefighters closer to Cannon Family Homes and respond to calls within their short time limit.

“We have seven minutes to respond to call,” said Jason Berry, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron fire chief. “With a minute taking information, a minute to inform us about it, and a minute to get ready, it was hard to get to Chavez in time; especially going through both gates. But with this new station, we can get anywhere in Chavez with time to spare.”

The station was built with the intention of holding four firefighters to complement the standard fire engine in its garage. Each firefighter staying there has their own bedroom, and they share a common area and fully equipped kitchen.

“I like this facility a lot,” said Staff Sgt. Danny Russo, 27th SOCES firefighter crew chief. “It’s always nice to have something new and try to make it your own. Being so close to housing feels really nice, to be able to help the community out and be closer to them.”

The open house provided residents of Chavez an inside look. Children were able to climb inside the fire truck and see tools utilized by firefighters, while the adults were given a tour around the facility to give them a better understanding of the new station.

“We wanted to give the community a chance to see what we have to offer,” Berry said. “With being able to get to anywhere on Chavez so quick, we can get our initial attack done sooner to stop fires from getting to a point where we can’t control them. That gives follow-on units from the main station a helping hand in saving homes.”