Two temporary employees with the Santa Fe Fire Department were relieved of their duties Thursday after the men were arrested and charged with alcohol-related offenses at an inactive fire station near Airport Road.
Genaro Romero, 19, and Rene R. Arellano, 24, were members of a fuel suppression group, but as of Thursday morning were no longer employed by the City of Santa Fe.
According to a statement of probable cause, a Santa Fe police officer spotted Romero drinking a beer at the old Station No. 8 in the 2500 block of Camino Entrada at 11:06 p.m. Wednesday. Romero told an officer that Arellano purchased the beer for him and a third man, who was also under the age of 21. No criminal charges were filed against the third man and it is unclear if he was also fired.
Here is the full article as published in Friday’s New Mexican: