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.|
Holiday Fire Safety
Thanksgiving holiday brings families together to enjoy great food and make lasting memories buts ist also a very dangerous day for fires. Thanksgiving is the leading day for cooking fires. In 2012, Albuquerque Firefighters responded to over 148 cooking fires with an estimated property damage of $231,000.
During 2003-2006, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 150,200 home structure fires involving cooking equipment per year. These fires caused an annual average of 500 civilian deaths, 4,660 civilian injuries, and $756 million in direct property damage.
Top causes for cooking fires:
- Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in these fires.
- Having items that can catch fire too close to heating equipment.
- Unintentionally turning on or not turning off the stove.
Cook with Caution:
- Be on alert! Stay in the kitchen while you are cooking. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove
- Keep anything that can catch fire - oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains - away from your stovetop.
- Keep kids and pets at least 3’ away from any cooking area to prevent burns.
If you have a cooking fire:
Keep a lid nearby when you're cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
- For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
- When in doubt, just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
- Call 911 after you leave.
- Read manufacturer’s instructions
- Completely thaw turkey
- Place the fryer on a flat surface and in an open area away from anything that can burn
- Use protective wear to prevent burns
- Have an ABC rated fire extinguisher nearby
Smoke Alarms and Evacuation Plans save lives:
- Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, outside and inside each sleeping area and at least 10 feet away from a cooking appliance.
- Test smoke alarm once a month and replace batteries during daylight savings.
- Practice a home evacuation plan each month so everyone knows when to get out and where to go if a fire occurs.
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.