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Bathroom gets makeover

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The newly remodeled bathroom at Station 1 of the Rio Rancho Fire Rescue Department was a makeover courtesy of toilet paper producer Charmin. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

The newly remodeled bathroom at Station 1 of the Rio Rancho Fire Rescue Department was a makeover courtesy of toilet paper producer Charmin. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

First the product, then the makeover.

Along with a bathroom makeover, Charmin recently donated a year’s supply of TP to the Rio Rancho Fire Rescue Department. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

Along with a bathroom makeover, Charmin recently donated a year’s supply of TP to the Rio Rancho Fire Rescue Department. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

Rio Rancho Fire Rescue Station 1’s bathroom recently got a new look courtesy of the folks at Charmin, which a few weeks ago donated a year’s supply of toilet paper to the department.

The makeover was part of the Charmin Relief Project that aims to “provide a better bathroom experience anytime, anywhere,” according to a company news release.

The release said Charmin picked five stations nationwide from among those departments that had received the TP donations by asking consumers to share stories about conditions in their firehouse bathrooms through Facebook or Twitter.

Rio Rancho received the toilet paper in March, and, soon after, Charmin arranged for a contractor and provided materials and labor to remodel the main bathroom at Station 1 that is used by male and female firefighters, fire department spokesman Richard Doty said.

“In a 48-hour period, they gutted it and did a complete overhaul, with new showers, fixtures, tile and toilets,” Doty said.

Station 1 at 2810 Southern Blvd. is the department’s oldest station and is scheduled for a full remodel beginning in July or August with help from $520,000 the city received from the Legislature, Doty said.

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