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 established his command staff Thursday by promoting 18 firefighters including two deputy chiefs. The promotions of David Downey and Tige Watson are Breen’s first deputy chief appointments in his administration. Two commanders, a captain, four lieutenants and seven drivers were also promoted Thursday in a ceremony at the Albuquerque Fire Academy.
Members of the Albuquerque Fire Marshal’s Office will begin visiting several local schools next week to teach students the importance of having smoke alarms.
On Friday, Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized an off-duty firefighter who saved a young woman from drowning. Lt. Paul Chavez was named this week’s Friday’s Hero. Each week Mayor Berry recognizes at least one public safety employee who goes above the call of duty.
On Sept. 10, 2010, City department employees and residents of Albuquerque gathered on Civic Plaza for our annual memorial and tribute. Chief Breen was selected as the key note speaker because of his heroic response to the Pentagon as a NM Task Force Rescue Squad Manager on Sept. 11th, 2001.
Jackson Hanawalt and Armando Gurule, both city employees with the Albuquerque Fire Department Fleet Maintenance Program, consistently go above and beyond the call of duty. They are being recognized for their efforts relating to a recent warehouse fire. On Wednesday, June 23, 2010, around 7:30 in the evening, a call came in regarding the fire that broke out at the warehouse.