Bloomfield opens fire administration building

Mural design reflects history of fire department

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
Taylor Gaytan slides down a pole Thursday during an open house event at the new Bloomfield fire administration building.

BLOOMFIELD — The Bloomfield Fire Department has completed a remodel of a city building and has opened it as the new fire administration building at 104 S. 2nd St.

The department presented an open house Thursday evening.

The work was paid for using funds the department received from the state fire fund.

The building was constructed in 1954 and served as the city’s first fire station. It has since been used for city offices and New Mexico Department of Transportation offices.

The fire department asked for permission to use the building in October. Prior to the remodel, it was being used for storage.

Emily Padilla helps her daughter Mandy Rice put on a costume firefighting suit Thursday during an open house event at the new Bloomfield fire administration building.

Fire Chief John Mohler said the building is set up to facilitate class field trips to teach fire safety.

Part of the building is a small museum that displays a vehicle the fire department used in the 1950s, pictures, various trophies and a collection of fire extinguishers.

Mohler said visits to the facility will help children learn the history of the fire department while they are learning fire safety.

The building also includes a meeting room that community groups can use.

Artist Paul Edney is working on a mural on the front of the building. The mural is based on the fire department’s history and depicts its three founders. Dan Sullivan is pictured ringing a bell on the west side of the front of the building. Louis Faverino is depicted carrying a ladder near a 1953 truck, and Carl May is also seen beside the truck.

Members of the Bloomfield Fire Department line up Thursday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Bloomfield fire administration building.

“They wanted it to look like the front of the old fire department,” Edney said.

The mural also depicts Sparky, a fire department dog who is a national icon and is used to teach children fire safety.

Edney said he is about two weeks from completing the mural.

“I’m just kind of proud to be part of it,” he said.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at hgrover@daily-times.com.