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
Albuquerque Fire Chief James Breen is reminding everyone in the city to change the batteries in their smoke alarms this weekend.
With the temperature decreasing and the Winter season approaching, fire danger increases with heating our homes. Fireplaces, woodstoves and portable heaters are just a few examples.
The Albuquerque Fire Department set up two aerial ladders to hang the 30X58 ft Patriot Flag on Tuesday, November 2nd at the Fire Academy located at 11500 Sunset Gardens SW. The flag will be flown by one of our aerial ladders from 9:30am-12:30pm on the Drill Field just south of the Academy.
Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized on Friday two Albuquerque firefighters who risked their own safety to save a young man from a dangerous confrontation. Captain Richard Collado and Firefighter Gabe Criswell of Squad 2 were named this week’s Friday’s Heroes. Each week Mayor Richard J. Berry recognizes at least one public safety employee who goes above the call of duty.
Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized on Friday an off-duty Albuquerque firefighter who saved a man’s life moments after he crashed his motorcycle. Lt. Toby Baca of Rescue 14 was named this week’s Friday’s Hero. Each week Mayor Richard J. Berry recognizes at least one public safety employee who goes above the call of duty.