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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

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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.

 

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.

Safety Tips:

  • 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

View Fire Department jobs.

Latest News

Patriot Flag Flown By AFD

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.

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Two Albuquerque Firefighters Risked Their Own Safety to Assist a Young Man

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.

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Firefighter Saves a Man’s Life following a Motorcycle Crash

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.

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Fire Chief Shapes His Command Staff

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.

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Albuquerque Firefighters to Visit 5,000 School Children

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.

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