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Firefighter's Recognized for Saving a Trapped Woman from Apartment Fire

Mayor Richard J. Berry Honors Five Albuquerque Firefighters as This Weeks Friday’s Heroes On Friday June 17, Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized five Albuquerque Firefighters from Squad 2for rescuing a trapped woman from her burning apartment building. This weeks Friday’s Heroes is Albuquerque Fire Departments Squad 2, which consists of Captain Paul Dow, Driver Michael Palmer, Firefighter Jose Gomez, Firefighter Anthony Mazotti and Albuquerque Fire Dispatcher Driver Michael Mora.

Lt. Emily Kane Honored as Employee of the Week

Lieutenant Emily Kane, who is assigned to Rescue 15 of the Albuquerque Fire Department and has been with the City since 2001, is this week’s Employee of the Week. Lt. Emily Kane has been the department's lead instructor for flood channel, swift water, and river rescue courses for the past ten years. Her expertise in this field has led to improved training, proficiency, safety, and operational effectiveness for water related rescue operations.

Dedication of New Trucks

The Albuquerque Fire Department placed two new paramedic rescue trucks and one new fire engine into service on Friday, May 20th 2011 at 9 am at Fire Station 12, located at 201 Muriel NE.

2011 EMS Week May 15th-21st

During this week in May, we honor the men and women who devote their lives to saving and treating others. Their job is not easy and they are usually the first on the scene and have to make quick decisions in matters of life and death. In 2010, the Albuquerque Fire Department responded to 115,039 emergency calls and 86,154 of those calls were medical related.

Off Duty FF Recognized for Evacuating Citizens from Apartment Fire

Each week Mayor Richard J. Berry honors at least one public safety employee for going above and beyond the call of duty in performing their work. This week Public Safety Director Darren White presented the Friday’s Hero award on behalf of the mayor, honoring an off-duty Albuquerque Firefighter for entering a burning apartment building to help evacuate residents.

19th Annual Heart Walk

The 19th Annual Heart Walk is on Saturday, June 4th at Kit Carson Park The Heart Walk is completely FREE to register for so please log on today at www.AlbuquerqueHeartWalk.org and Join our AHA team or start a team of your own! Encourage your friends and family to join us as well.

Mayor Recognizes Albuquerque Firefighters For Lifesaving Efforts

This week’s Friday’s Heroes are with the Albuquerque Fire Department Engine-18 and Rescue-18 and 27. Captain Frank Soto, Lt. Marvin Gouch, Lt. Mike Martinez, Driver Brian Glenn and Driver Manny Zamora Jr. are being honored for their efforts to revive an unresponsive 16 month old baby girl after a serious car crash.

Mayor Recognizes Albuquerque Firefighters

On Friday, April 15th, AFD Engine-21 and Rescue-21 crews Lt. Ron Herrera, Driver Phil Preciado, Firefighter Aaron Sandoval, Firefighter Chester Fuller, and from Resuce-21 Lt. Richard Barela and Driver Timothy Woodard were honored for reviving a two year old baby boy who had drowned. Also honored was AFD Chaplain Lieutenant Jerome Rael, who has assisted the family since the incident.

Friday's Hero FF Jason Galindro

On Friday, March 25, 2011 Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized an Albuquerque Firefighter for his immediate action to assist and save a woman who was choking at the Isotopes Baseball Park.

Friday’s Hero Provided Critical Assistance to Caregiver

Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized on Friday an Albuquerque Fire Department Dispatcher for the outstanding work he did in assisting a family member who called for help when his mother experienced a severe medical emergency. This week’s Friday’s Hero is Albuquerque Fire Department Dispatcher Glenn Sveum. Each week Mayor Richard J. Berry honors at least one public safety employee for going beyond the call of duty in performing their work.

Operator and Dispatchers Honored for

On behalf of Mayor Richard J. Berry, Public Safety Director Darren White recognized three Friday’s Heroes this week: a 911 Operator, an Albuquerque Police Department Dispatcher, and an Albuquerque Fire Department Dispatcher who worked together to identify the location of a six year old boy whose mother was experiencing a medical emergency.

Chief Breen Swears in his First Cadets

Albuquerque Fire Chief James Breen swore in 23 new firefighters Friday. The firefighters, which consists of 22 men and one woman, gradated from the 78th Albuquerque Fire Cadet class. The firefighters are the first to graduate from the academy since Breen was appointed Chief in December 2010.

Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

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.

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.

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.