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
Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized on Friday an off-duty Captain who rushed on stage in attempt to save a drummer’s life. The drummer had collapsed on stage during a performance at the Sandia Casino.
At 3:00pm on July 28th, a 16 year old male was crossing the arroyo at Juan Tabo and Candelaria in Albuquerque, NM with minimal water visible. On his second step into the arroyo, an enormous gush of water knocked him off his feet and carried him west down the arroyo. A friend of his called 911 from the scene.
Receiving a medical call at a nursing home was nothing unusual for the crew of Engine 5. But on Thursday, July 15 there was nothing routine about the call they received to help a woman who was ill at a nursing home near Louisiana and Central NE.
Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized three Albuquerque Firefighters Friday who went the extra mile to save a home from being engulfed in flames. Captain Marc Boisvert, Driver David Ortega, and Firefighter Joshua Jaramillo received this week’s Friday’s Heroes award. Each week Mayor Berry recognizes at least one public safety employee who goes above the call of duty.
Stay safe this Independence Day.