"We Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends…"
by Mary Jo Shelton
September 12, 2003

As you know, ground was broken for the new Lazaro Martinez Station.  The new fire substation will serve several subdivisions and will cut response time in half for the 15 miles of I-25 corridor in our district.  The new substation will be located 1-1/2 miles from exit 6 off of Interstate 25 on the Santa Fe Trail Ranch.  The project manager, Bob Scott, has the excavation underway and expects to start erecting the building at the end of September with an all volunteer crew, weather permitting (almost 3 inches of rain since August 29th).  If anyone is interested in helping with the construction of our new station, please contact Mike Shelton, the crew boss, at 719-845-9688.  Hey, can you walk and chew gum at the same time??? If so, we have a job for you.  We're talkin' any skills whatsoever and any amount of time that you can possibly spare will be more than appreciated.  Mike will be in charge of coordinating all the man/woman power with Mr.  Scott so it is imperative that you contact him if you can donate any time and expertise.  While walk-ons are encouraged they may not be fed.    Lunches will be provided by the FPFPD Auxiliary and lunch numbers determined by the number of scheduled personnel.

So as a member of the Fisher's Peak Fire Protection District Volunteer Fire Department, I would like to invite you to watch as we grow…

A crowd gathers at the site of the new Lazaro Martinez Station.  The property was donated by the Elder Family
 
A surprise visit by Captain Paul Montoya
 
Chief Curro with Flora Martinez
 
Ground Breaking!!  From l-r: Chief Buddie Curro, Flora Martinez and Will Potter, president of the FPFPD Board of Directors
 
Donna Curro christens our first BRAND NEW brush truck… a 2002 F-550 Ford.  Buddie looks nervous.  "Don't hit my new truck!!!"
 
Site preparation
 
Captain Rich Babnick performs dozer magic
 
I meant it when I said "weather permitting."
 
We have received almost 3 inches of rain on the south section of the ranch since the Labor Day weekend.

So stay tuned and watch the progress of the Lazaro Martinez Substation!!!