Information about the Albuquerque Fire Department.
The Albuquerque Fire Department is a paid municipal department, comprised of 700 uniformed personnel, serving a jurisdiction of more than 182 square miles and an estimated metropolitan population of 901,700 according to the 2012 US Census. Albuquerque's metropolitan area has a total population of 1,146,049 according to the 2010 Census.
Wildfire Danger Rating
|The flag is at full staff today||The current wildfire rating is Moderate.||Stage I Restrictions are in place for all Open Space Areas and the Bosque.|
The wildfire season in the U.S. generally extends from March 1st through November 30th. The Wildfire Season has started early this year due to the the dry climate and low humidity.
In 2013, New Mexico experienced 1,064 wild fires which burned 221,951 acres. Most of these fires were preventable so please take the necessary steps in order to protect your home and land from the dangerous threat of wildfire.
Causes of Wildfires
- Sparks from falling rocks
- Volcanic Activity
- Human Activity is the primary cause of wild land fires
Every year people are forced to evacuate and lose their homes and possessions because of wild fires. There are precautions we can take to protect our homes and families from this devastating force.
Stage I Fire Restrictions
Stage I Fire Restrictions are in place throughout the year in all Open Space areas. These restrictions include:
1. No Smoking
2. No Fireworks
3. No Open Fires (e.g. campfires, BBQs)
4. No Camping
Anyone found in violating these restrictions are subject to a fine of up to $500.00, imprisonment up to 90 days, or both. Citizens that witness suspicious activity need to call 242-COPS.
Fire Safety Outside
- Construct roofs and exterior structures of dwellings with non-combustible or fire resistant materials such as fire resistant roofing materials, tile, slate, sheet iron, aluminum, brick, or stone.
- Treat wood siding, cedar shakes, exterior wood paneling, and other highly combustible materials with fire retardant chemicals.
- Clear a perimeter of defensible space around homes. Clear combustible vegetation in a 100 foot radius from any structure.
- Use non-flammable landscaping materials within 5 ft of the house.
- Clean dead leaves and needles from your roof and gutters.
- Cover chimneys and stovepipes with non-flammable mesh.
- Stack woodpiles 100 feet from all structures.
Fire Safety Inside:
- Install smoke alarms.
- Install smoke alarms in bedrooms if you sleep with the door closed.
- Keep a charged, ABC-type fire extinguisher in the kitchen and garage; make sure family members know how to properly use it.
- Have an evacuation plan and practice it once a month
Become a Firefighter
The Albuquerque Fire Department has emergency-responder personnel in the following programs:
- Communications (Alarm Room)
- Fire Marshal's Office (Fire Prevention Bureau)
- Fire Investigations
- Capital Improvements Program (CIP)
- Albuquerque Fire Academy
- Fiscal Program
On Friday June 10, Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized four Albuquerque Firefighters from Engine-3 for saving a building and the property inside from fire. This weeks Friday’s Heroes are AFD Lieutenant Bryan Pacheco, Firefighters Dominic Velasquez, Dale Knighton, and Jose Gomez.
Lieutenant Emily Kane, who is assigned to Rescue 15 of the Albuquerque Fire Department and has been with the City since 2001, is this week’s Employee of the Week. Lt. Emily Kane has been the department's lead instructor for flood channel, swift water, and river rescue courses for the past ten years. Her expertise in this field has led to improved training, proficiency, safety, and operational effectiveness for water related rescue operations.
The Albuquerque Fire Department placed two new paramedic rescue trucks and one new fire engine into service on Friday, May 20th 2011 at 9 am at Fire Station 12, located at 201 Muriel NE.
On Friday, Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized nine year old Richard Jenkins and Albuquerque Fire Department Dispatcher/Driver Jeff Bussey for the handling of a 911 call in which Richard called for assistance for his grandmother after she suffered a stroke.
During this week in May, we honor the men and women who devote their lives to saving and treating others. Their job is not easy and they are usually the first on the scene and have to make quick decisions in matters of life and death. In 2010, the Albuquerque Fire Department responded to 115,039 emergency calls and 86,154 of those calls were medical related.