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.|
Cold Related Emergencies
The temperature has dropped to record lows and it is vital that we protect ourselves and our loved ones from the dangerous cold weather. Anytime we leave our homes we must dress to prevent cold emergencies. From shopping for the holidays, running errands or just going to work, it is important to dress in layers and drink water to prevent dehydration.
Hypothermia is a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. Hypothermia is life threatening and occurs in three stages.
Mild- (body temp 90-95 degrees) earliest stages of hypothermia characterized by slurred speech or having difficulty speaking, cool skin and excessive shivering.
Moderate- (85-90 degrees) as body temperature drops, victims become dazed. Shivering will stop at about 89.0 degrees and will be replaced with muscular rigidity, followed shortly by the loss of voluntary movement.
Severe- (less than 78 degrees) victims become unresponsive with irregular heartbeat and cardiac arrest.
- Limit your exposure. If you must go out do so during mid day when the sun is the strongest and the temperature at it’s highest. Check on elderly neighbors and relatives.
- Wear several layers of clothing- including a waterproof and or wind proof outermost layer. Also always wear a hat and gloves. Our head is a great source of heat loss for our body (30-40%). Ears and fingertips as well as noses are extremely susceptible to frost nip and frost bite.
- Avoid Alcoholic beverages. Contrary to popular belief alcohol does not warm the body. In fact it has an opposite effect by causing vasodilation and decreasing the body’s natural insulating properties. It also suppresses shivering and impairs judgment.
Who is most susceptible?
Very old- May be unaware of their limitations. Due to limited mobility may be forced to spend increased amount of time exposed to the cold weather due to slow movement.
Very young- Thermo-regulatory system is still immature. Babies rely on adults for warmth. If possible, stay home. If you must go out, dress the baby in layers and cover the head, hands and feet.
Pets- Pets rely on their owners for warmth. Bring pets indoors at night to protect from the frigid temperatures. During the day, use fresh hay and/or blankets in the dog house to keep the pets protected.
• Shelter should be elevated off the ground
• Shelter should be insulated
• Doghouse should be wind-tight
• Shelter should be water-proof
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 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.
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.
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.
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.