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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.

Today's Status

Flag Status

Wildfire Danger Rating

Fire Restrictions

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.

 

Wildfire Prevention

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
  • Lightning
  • 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

View Fire Department jobs.

Latest News

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Albuquerque Fire Chief James Breen swore in 23 new firefighters Friday. The firefighters, which consists of 22 men and one woman, gradated from the 78th Albuquerque Fire Cadet class. The firefighters are the first to graduate from the academy since Breen was appointed Chief in December 2010.

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Mayor, Fire Marshal Warn Residents to Practice Fire Safety this Holiday Season

On Tuesday, Mayor Richard J. Berry and Albuquerque Fire Marshal Victor Marquez warned Albuquerque residents to use caution relating to lighting and maintenance of Christmas trees, fireplaces and any outdoor fires.

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Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

The Albuquerque Fire Department is committed to making every holiday season safe and joyous for the citizens of Albuquerque. We want everyone to recognize the importance of fire safety. It is critically important to be highly alert to the fire dangers that exist during the holiday season and throughout the year. In November of 2009, Albuquerque Fire Department responded to 143 fires which caused over $953,000 in damage. We have listed fire safety tips below that can not only prevent fires but may also save your life.

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Firefighter Provided Critical Medical Assistance to Balloon Fiesta Attendee

On behalf of Mayor Richard Berry, Public Safety Director Darren White presented this week’s Friday’s Hero award to an Albuquerque firefighter, who while off duty, provided critical medical assistance to a woman who was having a seizure.

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